Glenn Leming is standing in his home office explaining a German clock in front of him when a chime rings in the kitchen. His attention is diverted in an almost Pavlovian way, and his eyes light up as he approaches the electric clock from 1934 sitting on the counter. With the face removed, he can watch the gears churn within. It’s not set to the right time, Leming says, and the chimes are out of tune. He’s fixing it for his sister. “I think I’ve almost got it,” Leming says. It quickly becomes apparent that there is a clock or two in almost every room of the house. Most of the timepieces are either being refurbished or rebuilt; it’s a pastime Leming picked up in 1990 after he retired from working in the telephone industry. It is precise work that takes hours of trial and error and observation, but for Leming, 77, it’s plain fun. “I wanted to play with something, so I did,” he said. A hobby that began with rebuilding discarded clocks grew into more as Leming began creating his own pieces from the ground up. The crown jewel of these creations stands in the doorway between the main entry and the living room. The full-size grandfather clock is made of solid oak, without plywood or veneer. The glass that houses the internal workings was locally crafted by another artisan, Leming said, and the clock’s insides, which were only handled using gloves, are from Germany. Leming left no surface unfinished, inside or out. The back of the clock is three-quarters of an inch of sturdy wood. Inserts near the top and bottom are the only wood that is not oak, Leming said. Instead, these inserts are made from bird’s eye pine from Columbia Falls, hand chosen by his son-in-law. It’s just one of the little personal flourishes he added to the pattern when building the clock, which started in 1989 and wrapped up in 2001. “I like to know where the wood came from,” Leming said. Leming’s woodworking skills were refined at an early age, growing up in Hysham, and influenced by his father, a carpenter. He remembers his first toy as a hammer and a nail his father provided, and he bought a lathe in third or fourth grade with money he earned from selling fish he caught. A neighbor provided a jigsaw that Leming also used at that age, and one of his first projects was a lamp made of walnut wood, which still sits in one of the cabinets in his workshop. The lamp, along with a wooden puzzle he made of all the counties in Montana, won prizes at the state fair that year, Leming said. A passion for carpentry gave way to a career in telephone electronics in Kalispell. But once he retired, the old hobby returned; along with clocks, Leming also built a dresser for his wife Rexine’s birthday and a guitar for his son. Leming’s latest timepiece project diverged from the classic clock shape, such as the grandfather clock. In a different room, a skeleton clock hangs on the wall. It consists of a hand-carved, minimalist face and clockworks made entirely of ironwood he pulled out of the Arizona desert. A five-pound weight made of a hunk of varnished ironwood hangs from the base of the clock, giving it a unique and interesting shape. The gears and escape mechanism are cut out of the hardwood, and must be within 1/1000 of an inch for the clock to run correctly. Leming used jeweler files to achieve this level of precision, and went through a couple of saw blades trying to shape the tough wood. He’s made three of them so far, two as gifts. “It’s kind of amazing that it worked out, but it did,” he said. When he hits a conundrum in a project, Leming consults local clock expert Ed Clum, owner of Glacier Precision Clockworks. Clum said he gave Leming some how-to books several years ago, and the novice took it from there. Leming also comes in to help out on Clum’s projects, and brings in each of his new clocks as they are built. “They’re pretty awesome,” Clum said of the skeleton clocks. There aren’t many hobbyists pursuing clock making in the Flathead, Clum said, and it takes a mechanically inclined personality to do so. And as a professional clockmaker, Clum said he would not offer pointers to just anyone. “I wouldn’t actually help anyone else except him; he’s a friend,” Clum said. “He’s just a sweetheart.” Leming said he only works on clocks for family and friends, and would not take on a project that took business away from Clum. In fact, Clum is one of the only people Leming would consider making a clock for in the future. “He doesn’t even know how much he is appreciated,” Leming said. As for his upcoming projects, Leming is fixing up a grandfather clock from his relative in Portland, and his wife will probably want a piece of furniture. Whatever it is, Leming is excited to get to work in his shop. “It’s been a ball,” he said. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email
A pleasant eight knots welcomed sailors on the final day of the 2015 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, held from 15-19 July, and PRO Simon James wasted no time in getting the fleet into sequence. Oi! (AUS) got the better of Kodo (AUS) in the first IRC Racing I start and led up to the first mark. Kodo closed the gap on the downwind leg and the two TP52’s match-raced around the course with little between them. It was a close duel and Oi! crossed the line just 10 seconds ahead, claiming line honours and the win on corrected time.Jessandra II on its way to victory in IRC Racing II class at the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2015. (Photo by Guy Nowell) In Race 2, Kodo took an early lead and managed to keep daylight between themselves and Oi!, sailing a good race and further stretching out their lead around Maithon Island. They crossed the line just 56 seconds ahead of Oi! after more than two hours of racing and with handicaps accounted for they recorded their second win of the series. It wasn’t enough to knock Oi! off the top step of the podium however as they claimed a deserved win overall.Jessandra II (AUS) came into the final day of IRC Racing II with a 1,2,1 scoreline and needed to sail clean and keep themselves out of trouble in order to protect their lead and secure the title. Lining up like dinghies on a startline, Fujin (AUS) and Jessandra II got away clean but Foo 4 (USA) found their rhythm and soon took a clear lead and went on to claim line honours. Jessandra II and Fujin raced each other almost side-by-side, with Fujin just managing to get a small lead over Jessandra II on the final leg, finishing ahead by just five seconds. However, it wasn’t enough as Jessandra II converted third on-the-water to a handicap win.It was again just a five second margin in Race 2, but this time it was the difference between Old Mutual International Endeavour of Whitby (MAS) and Fujin for second and third. The winner was, again, Jessandra II whose three minute winning margin secured them the IRC Racing II title.Multihull Racing was back in strength with the six-boat line-up looking to end the regatta in style. Two more wins for Asia Catamarans Hurricane (AUS) saw them unbeaten over the week and the clear class winner. However, second and third places were hard earned with just seconds in it. Less than 30 seconds separated WOW (GBR) and Java (CHN) in Race 1 and while WOW scored another second in Race 2 it wasn’t enough and they had to settle for third overall, one point behind Java.Neck-and-neck racing in the Firefly 850’s was typical of the final day. (Photo by Guy Nowell)It was like a game of cat and mouse as the Firefly 850’s chased each other around the start area and along the line in Race 1, with Twin Sharks (GBR), Advanced Racing Mamba (GBR) and Voodoo (GER) neck-and-neck, and Dyer Straits (AUS) and Blue Noze (GBR) on the second row. Mamba Advanced Racing lead Voodoo and Blue Noze around Lone Island with Twin Sharks further back and as they re-emerged from Chalong Bay it was Voodoo who had snatched the lead which they held through to the finish.Twin Sharks bounced back in Race 2 with an outstanding win by nearly two minutes and secured their dominance, winning the class overall by six points. Advanced Racing Mamba finished second and Voodoo was third.With just one regatta under their belts, the four Corsair Pulse 600 crews were still learning their rides over the four days of some of the trickiest racing conditions ever at Phuket Raceweek, all four boats learnt a lot and improved. The series was to be decided on the final race, and by just three seconds it was SuDu 1 who edged out SuDu 3 to take the overall Corsair class title by a single point. SuDu 3 had to settle for second with SuDu 4 third overall.Sansiri Windstar (THA) brought a one point lead into the final day of the Cruising class series and everything was to play for. Sailescapes Fargo Ladies (AUS) got the best start but Sansiri Windstar edged ahead soon after and enjoyed the space to stretch their legs up the course. The crew on Sansiri Windstar sailed flawlessly to lead around the course and claim line honours and the win on corrected time, and with that they were crowned Cruising class champions.Despite fumbling the spinnaker hoist and wrapping it around their keel early in the race, Sailescapes Fargo Ladies (AUS) recovered well to finish third on the day and an admirable third overall.Uhuru (AUS) revelled in the stronger final day breeze, making the top mark first in the Charter/ Bareboat class and despite being overhauled later by Venture (AUS), Uhuru managed to keep in touch and earn a well deserved win on corrected time – their first win of the series. However, it was too little too late as Venture’s second place in the race was enough for them to hold on to the win overall from Uhuru in second, with Fei Yu (AUS) finishing in third.The 36 boats and 500+ sailors and friends came together to celebrate at the final prize-giving ceremony hosted by Cape Panwa Hotel on Sunday, July 19.For more information and a full list of the results, go to: http://phuketraceweek.com.(Source: Infinity Communications)
6 March 2012South Africa’s Kevin Anderson captured the second ATP Tour title of his career on Sunday when he defeated Australia’s Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 7-6 to win the Delray Beach International Championships. Previously, Anderson lifted the South African Open title in Johannesburg in 2011.“It feels fantastic. It’s my first one in the United States, which is great,” Anderson told the ATP Tour’s website.“I feel apart from South Africa, this is my new home. My wife Kelsey was here for the weekend.”Former winnersFormer winners of the title include, among others, Lleyton Hewitt, Stefan Koubek Tommy Haas, Mardy Fish, and Juan Martin del Potro.The victory lifted Anderson up to 30th in the world rankings and came not long after he had slipped a little to 37th a month ago after being sidelined by an injury.The tall South African was seeded seventh for the tournament in Delray Beach and had to overcome some tough matches to make it through to the final. It all began relatively easily with a 6-4, 6-1 over Austin Krajicek, but in the second round Anderson faced Xavier Malisse, the champion in 2005 and 2007. The match went to three sets, with Anderson claiming a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory.Wonderful contestIn the quarterfinals, Anderson faced fourth seed Andy Roddick. In a wonderful contest, the South African star fought back from a set down and saved three match points on his way to a superb 2-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-4 win.Anderson’s reward was a semi-final showdown with top seed and world number 11 John Isner. Like the showdown with Roddick, the match pitted two big servers against one another.Tie-breakerIt proved to be a very tight contest, but Anderson broke Isner once in the first set and the big American served a double fault in the second set tie-breaker, which was enough for Anderson to triumph 7-5, 7-6 as Isner dropped a tie-breaker for only the second time in 11 tie-breakers this year.Anderson faced Marinko Matosevic in the final after the Australian became only the second player in the 20-year history of the event to make it through qualifying to the title-decider. The Croatian-born player had scored some impressive wins himself on his way to the last two.He solved the problem of the big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the first round, winning 6-3, 6-4, and then defeated sixth-seed Alexander Bogomolov 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.Winning streakIn the quarterfinals he saw off 2010 champion Ernests Gulbis 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to set up a semi-final match against Israel’s Dudi Sela. After a very hardfought contest, Matosevic emerged a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 victor to take his winning streak to 12 matches.After his victory in the final, which lasted just short of two hours, Anderson said his mental approach had played a big role in his success. He told the ATP Tour: “I think at the end, I felt I was mentally composed throughout [the tournament]. I didn’t let any patches of bad tennis affect my mindset [this week].”‘I think we have done well’On court, after receiving the winner’s trophy, Anderson paid tribute to his coach, Louis Vosloo, saying: “Thanks for all the patience. Each day I try to work as hard as I can. I know I can be pretty difficult sometimes, but I think we have done well, so let this be the second [title] of many.”He also thanked his parents for the opportunity that they had given him to play tennis and thanked his wife of three months Kelsey, whom he met when both were students at the University of Illinois.“Thanks for coming out, I love you, and I’m so glad you were here to share this with me,” Anderson said to her.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
In every issue of the print magazine since 2001a and now in our digital magazine LPM Onlinea we have conducted an executive interview with some of the top professionals in loss prevention, retail, and a few outside the industry. These exceptional individuals have much to say about a wide range of subjects. And much of what they say is well worth paying attention to.I recently took a stroll through the past few years of interviews and have pulled together some excerpts that I believe deserve repeating. Please take a few minutes to reread the quotes. And if you haven’t read the full interviews recently, we’ve given you the information to find the interviews in your print library or on this site.- Sponsor – Robert “Bob” Oberosler, group vice president of loss prevention for Rite Aid, from March-April 2012OBEROSLER: I’m not the zero-shrink guy. If you want to try to get zero shrink, hire somebody else. I’m going to aim at getting shrink down below a certain percentage number where we have that careful balance between maximizing sales and controlling shrink. You have to understand the customer shopping experience. You are going to have some shrink if you want your customers to have a great shopping experience.I tell my people, “There’s not a mistake you can make in doing your job that I can’t help fix. So, don’t be afraid to go out and push the edge of the envelope. That’s how you learn and make an impact.”In addition to being smart, I really want someone who has a very strong voice. Having a strong voice, being able to express yourself, having confidence in your data, and having the ability to motivate people are all important components of leadership, which, when it comes down to it, is one of the most important characteristics for success: leadership, hunger, and passion.Bob Vranek, vice president of loss prevention for Belk, Inc., from September-October 2012Vranek: Belk has changed dramatically over the years, and the LP department has evolved dramatically with those changes. We have literally reinvented ourselves three or four different times. So, I’ve not been running the same program for twenty years. The program we run now looks nothing like the program we originally started with. If we hadn’t changed LP as the business changed, I likely wouldn’t still be running the LP organization.Certainly one of the most noticeable changes in our industry is the pure professionalism of the LP team. Everyone acknowledges that we’ve moved past the focus on catching shopliftersa the old cops-and-robbers mentality. We go through cycles. We’ll focus on shoplifting, then it’s on internal theft, then it’s to ORC. In a year or two, I think we’ll be talking about the omni-channel challenges that will have remade our retail operations and opened up new vulnerabilities for us to manage. The LP team we had twenty years ago couldn’t handle the current challenges today. They couldn’t understand the technology. They wouldn’t be able to master the technology and develop the tools we would need to control losses. Not so with the people we have now. They are very professional. They understand the inventory systems. They understand the technology. I have a great deal of confidence in them dealing with unusual situations and being able to step in and drive shortage down.David Lund, CFI, LPC, vice president of loss prevention for DICK’S Sporting Goods, from March-April 2013Lund: From a leadership perspective, I try to provide opportunities for people to grow through certification and education inside or outside of our department, because I want people not only to feel valued, but I know that education will translate to happier people and bigger dividends in what they can do for our company.I would tell you that anybody on this planet can run a 26-mile marathon. They might not run it in two and a half hours, but they’ll definitely be able to finish if they put in the time and energy to training. Like almost anything in life, if you create a plan, you’re dedicated to that plan, and you stick to it, you can do it.Mark Stinde, LPC, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven, from May-June 2013Stinde: The expectations of an asset protection executive in this organization will consist of three things. First, you must be a great leader, be good to people, and work well with others. Second, you must have a strong business acumen; not just asset protection acumen. You have to understand why it’s important for the operator to be selling fresh food, understand margin, and understand what a P&L looks like and how to contribute to the P&L. And third, and least important of the three, is that you are a highly functioning asset protection practitioner.Early on in my career, I learned to distinguish between a relationship and a partnership. You can have a relationship with someone, and yet you’re not always mutually committed to the resolution of something. For me, a partnership consists of shared goals, shared responsibility, and shared accountability. To get there you have to both understand what you’re trying to accomplish, to make sure everyone buys in and is committed to their role in success, and to make sure we are holding each other accountable for the outcomes.Dan Provost, LPC, vice president of global loss prevention for Staples (right), from July-August 2013Provost: The thing that I love the most about loss prevention is the ability to be strategic. In store operations, it can be really difficult to plan a five-year strategy and see it through, but in LP, you really can create a solid five-year plan, execute it, and witness the results. It’s very rewarding. We’ve had a lot of success over the years as an organization.The LP Foundation is the only industry organization that focuses solely on the personal and professional development of the individual. Once I understood that, I was hooked. I am a true believer in the mission and goals of the Foundation. I am extremely proud to be a member of the board of directors, and I preach the word everywhere I go.Rosamaria Sostilio, vice president of asset protection for Hudsonai’s Bay Company, from May-June 2014Sostilio: Diversity is defined in so many different ways. I like people with diverse backgrounds on my team. I have a woman on my team that runs investigations who is a former prosecutor. I have a woman on my team who is a CPA. I have a gentleman on my team who is getting his masters in technology. I try to bring in people with all different types of backgrounds. I can teach anyone the fundamentals of asset protection and how it fits into our team and into our company. That’s easy for me to do. I’ve been doing it for 25+ years.I want people who think differently than I think. I like to be challenged. I focus on diversity in thought, and that is very, very important. There are still challenges for women in asset protection. There are people who still don’t want to take you seriously. That’s something that I’ve always had to overcome. I dig my heels in deeper and just move forward. I don’t focus on negativity. I surround myself with people who are positive. You need to have faith in yourself. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead, retired US Army Brigadier General, from September-October 2014Halstead: The reason I say that we all have at least one person to lead and that is yourself is because I’ve run into a lot of people who say that leadership doesn’t come naturally to them. They’re not comfortable with it. I’ve always believed that that was a bit of a copout. I think that people fail to own their decisions and their choices and they just say, “I’m not a leader.” But in reality, they are, because everyone has to lead themselves.Most surveys say that the number-one thing that people want to see in their leaders is integrity. That’s true, but the only way to have integrity is to be disciplined, because it’s too easy to not have integrity. It’s too easy to take a shortcut. It’s too easy to not quite tell the whole truth. Integrity can be inconvenient. It can be uncomfortable. But choosing this harder right is what we’re supposed to do as leaders.I think that more of us should think about the legacy that we want to leave, and the legacy that we are leaving. Because I think what happens is it makes you start to think about your values, and whether your behaviors are reflecting those values. Because if they are, you’re going to touch lives. And when you touch lives you’re going to make a difference. That brings purpose to your life, and what greater position is there to be in than to have purpose?Three long-time loss prevention industry veterans representing a retailer, a solutions provider, and an entrepreneur, from November-December 2014RETAILER: Another dynamic is how young people think about jobs differently today and have different motivations than we may have had years ago. You can’t just say, “Well, they’re not like me, so they can’t be good.” That’s not true at all. You have to be open to that difference. Anybody who is in a senior position better pay attention, because this is the wave of the future. You have to keep up.SUPPLIER: One of the things that I would advise, as a mentor of salespeople, is to always understand and embrace who’s coming up the food chain. The person you have a great relationship with is not always going to be there. When I talk to an LP executive, I always ask, “Who are your best people?” Then I try to build a relationship with their direct reports, their up-and-comers, because someday, I will probably be selling to one of them.ENTREPRENEUR: I think that it’s critical to have a strong IT partner, just as it’s critical to have a strong procurement partner. Because most of the things that are being installed and purchased today are connected to the internal networks, you have to have a strong IT partner who understands what it is you’re trying to do and can support you in getting the solutions implemented.James “Jim” Lee, LPC, executive editor and cofounder of LP Magazine, from September-October 2016Lee: An LP executive who is successful understands why, not just what. Knowing what to do is completely different than knowing why we do something. I think LP executives who understand why you do something are successful.I think being the top LP executive in any retail company is a hard job, and I think clearly it is often an underappreciated job and often misunderstood by the C-suite. It’s primarily misunderstood because most of the C-level folks don’t take time to get to know their LP executive and understand the strategy behind running an LP program. And as a result, sometimes C-level people change their LP executive out of an arrogance or out of a self-serving motivation on their part because maybe the results aren’t as good as they would like. But it clearly is out of a lack of understanding the LP executive. And sometimes they make a change that gets them no further ahead. They were just as well off having the previous regime in power.Stacie Bearden, director of asset protection, field for The Home Depot; Tim Belka, senior director of global security for Walgreens; Art Lazo, director of asset protection for 7-Eleven; and Brian Peacock, director of asset protection, US operations for Rent-A-Center, from March-April 2016Stacie BeardenBearden: Broader business experience is extremely valuable within the organization. While there is a significant piece of what we impact that is theft and fraud related, there are other completely controllable operational factors. Business acumen is not only beneficial but also necessary as one seeks to change processes and vie for funding.Tim BelkaBelka: Our profession has progressed significantly in the development of diverse thought and background of the people who pursue loss prevention careers. However, in retrospect it would have benefited the industry to aggressively pursue diversity of thought and background to make us more effective and relevant.Art LazoLazo: The last several years have shown that companies continue to assess their LP programs. It is the role of LP leadership to continue to seek out opportunities to address challenges that may be outside of the normal LP channels. Retail is constantly changing, and we need to be able to adapt accordingly and show value in our roles.Brian PeacockPeacock: Today I see a lot of great educational programs for someone starting out in a loss prevention career. I think it is critical to continue to push yourself to stay in tune with what is trending in your field and to be aware of the changing landscape of retail and the new skills sets needed to stay relevant.Richard “Dick” Hollinger, PhD, professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from May-June 2016Hollinger: The main trend that I’ve seen over the yearsa leveraging technology, moving away from people catching people toward technology catching peoplea has been geared primarily toward the shoplifter. I think employee theft is the hardest of the pieces of the pie to have a direct impact on because of that.When retailers have a highly ethical management team, pay a living wage, give sick leave, provide daycare, provide their employees with the kinds of expectations that one gets in a genuine career, then shrinkage is under control, and profitability goes up.C-level executives oftentimes tend to look at “What have you done for me lately?” or maybe, “What have you done for me in the last hour?” as opposed to “What is the overall trend?” and looking at the bigger picture of how to reduceshrinkage.Scott Glenn, JD, LPC, chief security officer for Sears Holdings, from March-April 2017Glenn: As well rounded as many of our retail LP and AP leaders are today on the operational aspects of the businessa certainly more so than ten or twenty years agoa it’s still a completely different perspective when you have a mentor who is a merchant, CFO, or an operator, somebody that has four-wall accountability and is making corporate-wide decisions.Speaking of planning and discipline, it’s more than a talking point. People in our industry deal with a lot of high-stress, high-risk situations day in and day out, especially our field and store personnel. As important as everything seems to us at work, which of course it is, you must have a level of work-life balance, or you will not be long for this industry. So my parting advice would be to make time for your family; make time for yourself. You have to make time for the things that you like to do to be able to decompress and have a life outside of work.Mike Combs, director of asset protection, global supply chain for The Home Depot, from May-June 2017Combs: I would agree that nine years ago there were probably only a few places doing much more than physical security. To some extent there’s still a lot of focus on security. But absolutely now things are much more automated. There’s much more data. There are more systems. Now there are more people trying to leverage those to craft a better strategy to look at everything end to end versus just the four walls of that warehouse.I think that millennials might possibly change the world for the better. I’m not as pessimistic as other people looking at this new generation. I see things in them that really make me proud. They love their work-life balance, and they see the big picture there. Everybody loves hard work, and they’ll work hard, but they also appreciate friendship and compassion because usually a lot of their relationships have been strong. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock delighted with FA Cup braceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Joe Willock was delighted with his brace in their FA Cup win at Blackpool.Willock was full of pride at the final whistle.He said, “We showed that we could deal with every aspect they brought to us. Our quality came through in the end.”It’s unbelievable and a dream come true. I always watched this cup as a young kid and to score in it today and help us go to the next round, it’s unbelievable.”I’m just working hard in training, listening to the boss, every day he’s giving me advice. I’m trying to make a big impact whenever I play – that’s my main objective.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
England coach Southgate understands Bulgarian angerby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Southgate says England must fix their own racism problems before others, with the Three Lions boss empathising with Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov.Mihaylov was left annoyed after comments from the England camp stating they would walk off if they were subjected to racial abuse when the two countries face in Sofia on Monday.But Southgate insists his team will abide by UEFA’s three-step protocol, which allows the referee stop the match, then take players off the pitch, and if the problem persists an abandonment can be announced.”I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does, because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys,” Southgate told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.”That will then be relayed, however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.”If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does.”We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.”I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sunday night, the United States women’s gymnastics team, which took home the team gold in this year’s 2016 Rio Olympic games, made an appearance at the MTV VMAs to hand out an award to Beyonce for Best Female Video. But one key member of the squad was missing.This year’s ‘Final Five’ included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas. But when the team took the stage Sunday night, Douglas was not with the group.Why? According to Raisman, Douglas was in the hospital suffering from an allergic reaction. Her publicist Lesley Burbridge later added that it’s a mouth infection from a previous injury.Raisman and her teammates have been on quite a whirlwind victory tour since returning from Rio. Meeting Beyonce is likely one of the highlights.
PARIS — The number of yellow vest protesters demonstrating on Paris’ Champs Elysees on Saturday is down sharply on recent weeks.Several yellow vest groups had called for a sixth straight Saturday of protests across France, but their call appears to have fallen on deaf ears in the capital at the start of the Christmas break.In a stark contrast to the chaos of previous weekends, groups of tourists strolled down the avenue near the Arc de Triomphe and the road remained open for traffic.In a protective move, the palace of Versailles just outside Paris will be shut for the day after yellow vest protesters said they will hold a demonstration at the famous chateau that was home to succession of French kings until the French Revolution in 1789.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The head of the ALS Society of B.C. says that the turnout at Fort St. John’s first-ever Walk for ALS was incredibly inspiring, and that the inaugural event was a massive success.ALS Society executive director Wendy Toyer says that an incredible 261 walkers came out to the green space at the corner of 100th and 100th on Sunday for the walk. Toyer said that she was blown away to learn that the event raised over $60,000 for the ALS Society to help fund research into a cure for ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Toyer said that the event’s volunteer coordinator Audrey Jones is a teacher at Charlie Lake Elementary School, which raised over $15,000 of the $60,000 total. “I couldn’t believe it, it was just incredible,” said Toyer. “It was a magical day, it was so well-organized, it was so well-attended. It was over the top.” Toyer said that she was blown away by all the donations that were brought in, including a barbecue, raffle, auction, and 50/50 draw. She added that the Society is incredibly excited to host the Walk for ALS in the Energetic City next year, and hopes that the 2019 Walk will beat this year’s fundraising tally.