Phatlum leads in Malaysia after Ryu’s double-double finish

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum made six birdies on the front nine on her way to a 6-under 65 Saturday that gave her a three-shot lead after the third round of the LPGA Malaysia tournament. Pornanong closed in on her first LPGA victory as she moved to 14-under 199 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Japan’s Ayako Uehara had three consecutive birdies starting at the 12th hole in a round of 69 to sit alone in second place. Four players were tied for third a stroke further back, including second-round leader So Yeon Ryu, who had double bogeys at both the 17th and 18th to give up her lead. Her South Korean compatriot Chella Choi was also at 10 under after a 68 which included a quadruple-bogey 8 at the 14th hole. They were joined by China’s Shanshan Feng (69) and 17-year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko (70), who can take over the No. 1 ranking if she wins on Sunday and the currently top-ranked Stacy Lewis finishes tied for 12th or worse. Lewis was at 5 under, tied for 20th, after shooting a 72 which included a double bogey at the par-3 seventh. Pornanong made the turn in 29 – the first time she’s gone under 30 at the mid-point of a round – but had a more routine back nine with two birdies balanced out by two bogeys. ”The front nine was amazing,” the 25-year-old Thai player said. ”Like I make everything. Back nine I just feel a little bit nervous.” Ariya Jutanugarn had the round of day with a 64 that included nine birdies. She was five shots off the lead as she chases an LPGA card for next season. Ariya and Pornanong are aiming to become the first Thai players to win on the tour.last_img read more

People’s United Bank acquires LEAF Commercial Capital

first_img“We are pleased to welcome the talented team at LEAF Commercial Capital to People’s United Bank,” said Jack Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “LEAF is a highly-scalable commercial lending platform with attractive risk-adjusted returns and a complementary expansion of our existing specialty finance businesses.  At closing, our equipment finance units will have approximately $4 billion of assets and rank as the 16th largest bank-owned equipment finance entity in the country.”   Since 2002, LEAF has financed over $5.8 billion for more than 243,000 customers nationwide and provides expertise and equipment finance solutions to a wide variety of vendors and end users.  LEAF has nationwide reach with approximately 250 employees and a call center in Orange County, CA as well as a sales and servicing facility in Moberly, MO.  “LEAF offers creative lease and loan programs to drive the sales of its vendor partners,” said Jeff Tengel, Senior Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking at People’s United. “These programs are delivered through a business process automation platform that combines efficiency with an outstanding customer experience.””We are confident in our ability to maintain and accelerate our growth potential within People’s United,” said Crit DeMent, Chairman and CEO of LEAF Commercial Capital. “Given the Bank’s extensive experience in successfully operating leasing and equipment finance platforms, they are uniquely positioned to be a valuable partner for our clients and employees.”  DeMent and Miles Herman, President and Chief Operating Officer, will remain with the business.    Under the terms of the agreement, People’s United will acquire approximately $730 million of net investment in leases and loans and retain approximately $250 million of securitizations.  Remaining LEAF borrowings are expected to be repaid at close and the acquisition will be immediately accretive to People’s United earnings.  The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2017.J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to People’s United Bank.  Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor and Winston & Strawn LLP served as legal counsel to LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.   About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank(link is external), N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with $40 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.About LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. (“LEAF”), headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Moberly, MOand Orange, CA, is one of the leading equipment leasing and finance companies in the U.S. Through its highly automated origination platform, it facilitates the equipment needs of small, mid-sized and enterprise businesses. LEAF serves these needs both directly and through referral relationships with manufacturers, distributors and dealers of essential-use equipment and software in a variety of business sectors, including office products, telephony, technology, medical and light industrial. Learn more at is external).SOURCE: BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — People’s United Bank People’s United Bank,Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Bank, NA announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.  Based in Philadelphia, PA, LEAF is one of the largest, independent commercial equipment finance companies in the U.S., with approximately $500 million of annual originations.last_img read more

LP People on the Move: May 2019

first_imgProfessional advancement and building a successful loss prevention career can mean many things to many different people. For some individuals, it may mean reaching a top leadership position at a particular company. Some aspire to be the best at a particular skill or discipline, building a base of knowledge and expertise that sets them apart from the rest. For others, it may involve gaining experience in multiple professional fields in order to establish a versatile role. Still others simply want the recognition that comes with reaching a particular level of performance and the security that it provides.There are many different ways to evaluate our career vision and professional aspirations. But what is most important is that we find the path that fits us best. Whatever our professional goals and aspirations might be; whatever skills and experiences have helped forge our personal loss prevention career path, we have to find and seize the opportunities to learn, grow, and progress.All of us throughout the loss prevention community are proud of the accomplishments of those that have worked hard and earned a new place along the loss prevention career path. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent career moves and promotions.- Sponsor – May 2019May 23rd – May 29th Walter Palmer has been named executive vice president at CAP Index. Jen Paladino is now a regional loss prevention manager at Holt Renfrew. Dan Nesselroth, CFI, PCI was promoted to senior investigator, corporate security at Sony Electronics. Christopher Joyce, CORCI is now an area loss prevention supervisor at Burlington Stores. Elric Henderson is now divisional manager, security and loss prevention at Purolator International.Henry Johnson, LPC, CFI was promoted to senior manager, logistics loss prevention at Amazon. Elizabeth Rush was promoted to divisional loss prevention manager at Publix Super Markets. Elizabeth Spoden was promoted to cross brand multi-unit loss prevention manager at Gap Inc. Bryan LeFebvre was promoted to group manager, corporate asset protection at Stage Stores. Jordan Shelest is now asset protection and compliance manager at Delta 9 Cannabis. Will Devellis is now a district loss prevention manager at Rexall Pharmacy.Chris Dickman is now a district loss prevention manager at Burlington Stores.Chris Hinger, LPC is now director of loss prevention and corporate security at Warby Parker. Tim Juback MBA was promoted to regional loss prevention and security manager at Amazon. Sean Staron was promoted to asset protection director at Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship. May 16th – May 22ndJoshua Beckler is now a district loss prevention manager at Sephora. Michael Segreto is now corporate fraud prevention manager at City Furniture. Jack Dye is now a senior loss prevention investigator at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.Denver Culpepper was promoted to manager of investigative analytics, asset protection at The Home Depot. Aaron Leger, LPC was promoted to senior regional loss prevention manager at Amazon.David Zwernemann, CFI was promoted to senior regional loss prevention manager at Amazon.Brian Lux was promoted to director, US corporate investigations at Walmart.Nick Ferris, LPC is now an asset protection district leader at Rite Aid.Malik Zaheer was promoted to country security manager at Philip Morris International (Pakistan).Mike Triesch was promoted to director of business resiliency and operations at Nordstrom.Nathan Iniguez was promoted to district loss prevention manager at HomeGoods. Barney Molnar, LPC was promoted to regional loss prevention manager at Amazon.  Tom Hare was promoted to organized retail crime investigator at The Home Depot. John White, B.S., LPC was promoted to regional loss prevention manager at Amazon.Brent Peters is now a regional loss prevention specialist at HS Brands Global.Jeff Valentine, CFI was promoted to loss prevention training manager at The TJX Companies.John McCourt is now a regional loss prevention manager at Amazon.Stephen Prettyman was promoted to corporate manager of investigations at The Home Depot.Kersonder Williams is now an area asset protection manager at Victoria’s Secret. May 9th – May 15thSean Browne was promoted to corporate manager, organized retail crime – northern division at The Home Depot.Kit Becker was promoted to Marmaxx loss prevention training manager at The TJX Companies. Jason N. Jones was promoted to global security manager – security operations center at Facebook.Sergio Castro was promoted to Marmaxx loss prevention training specialist at The TJX Companies. Brandy Sluss is now a loss prevention specialist at EG America.  Alexandra Clayton was promoted to loss prevention manager – retail projects at Morrison’s (UK).Steven Bedi was named director of asset protection at The Decurion Corporation. Chris Franzen was promoted to Marmaxx loss prevention training specialist at The TJX Companies.Daniel Perkins is now a regional loss prevention manager at L Brands. Benjamin Schwartz was promoted to corporate manager of asset protection investigations at The Home Depot.Casey Wright was promoted to vice president of operations at US Foods. Thomas Hacker was promoted to director of visual merchandising at The Home Depot. Philip Davey was promoted to regional shrink specialist at Morrisons (UK).Alicia Williams is now a Marmaxx loss prevention training specialist at The TJX Companies. John McDonagh was promoted to training coordinator at Walgreens.Kyle Penoyer was promoted to senior manager of asset protection investigations at The Home Depot. Dominik Schwarzbacher was promoted to cluster loss prevention and security manager at Amazon (Spain).Patrick Parris was promoted to market loss prevention training specialist at The TJX Companies. Corey Freeman, CFI is now director of loss prevention at Cosentino’s Food Stores. Amanda McHenry was promoted to regional asset protection, operations and safety director at Lowe’s.Kevin Jones is now a Marmaxx loss prevention training specialist at The TJX Companies. May 2nd – May 8thMario Barrientos is now Marmaxx loss prevention training specialist at The TJX Companies. Meghan Fechko was promoted to lead area loss prevention manager at Ulta Beauty. Christopher Drayton Ellison was promoted to safety compliance officer at America’s Thrift Stores. Cornelius Miree is now a market investigator at Family Dollar.  Craig Cole is now an asset protection investigator at Selfridges (UK).Chris Carrillo was promoted to corporate manager of investigations at The Home Depot. John Lee was promoted to ORC investigator at The Home Depot.  Kelly Harrington was promoted to senior manager asset protection investigations at The Home Depot. Thomas Andersson is now organized retail crime specialist at Albertsons/ Tom Thumb/ Randalls.Chris Reagan is now data center security manager at Amazon.  Rory Stallard was promoted to senior manager of asset protection investigations at The Home Depot. Dennis Lonergan has been promoted to vice president, asset protection at EPIC Risk Solutions. Jacqueline (Wolk) Schloss is now a market ORC manager at Lowe’s Companies.Tobbie West was promoted to regional director, asset protection programs at Macy’s. Jeff Larimer is now an area asset protection manager at JCPenney.Vic DeBlassi is now a regional loss prevention manager at Finish Line. Florian Schwarz, MBA was promoted to cluster loss prevention manager at Amazon (Germany).Bob Kupbens was named president, innovation and new business at ADTSara Mortimore was named vice president, global food safety compliance at Walmart.Frank Panebianco was promoted to vice president sales ICS, NA at Checkpoint Systems.Stephen Fullilove is now an area asset protection manager at JC PenneyJames Stanek is now senior corporate security investigator at Verizon.Dyan Clancy is now executive sales director at FaceFirst Face Recognition Software.Jaclyn Clarke is now corporate investigator at Zurich North America.Daniel Kaiser, Jr – MS, LPC, CFE was promoted to LP inquiries and analysis manager at The Exchange.Jonathan Dalton CFI, LPC is now asset protection manager – solutions at Walgreens.April 25th – May 1stBenjamin Konzag was promoted to cluster manager loss prevention and security at Amazon.Caglar Ari, CFI was promoted to cluster manager, security and loss prevention at Amazon (Germany).Ashley Wengrzyn-Phillips was promoted to market manager at Walmart. Zak Brownlee, CFI, LPC, CFE is now a regional asset protection manager at L Brands. Timothy Hall, LPC was promoted to director of asset protection at 7-Eleven.Jake Sawyer, CFI is now a regional loss prevention manager at Family Dollar. John Lanzon was promoted to regional loss prevention manager at Gap Inc.Anthony Hyberger is now a district loss prevention manager at Loomis. Sherell Burns was promoted to Marmaxx loss prevention training specialist at The TJX Companies. Cameron Wilkinson is now a district Loss Prevention Manager at TJX Canada/Winners Merchants International. John Mearls was promoted to senior director of fraud operations and customer dispute resolutions at Varo Money Inc. Kyle Haynes was promoted to director of global investigations – technology investigations at Walmart.Amanda McClellan was promoted to global investigator III at Walmart.Elizabeth Bolton is now a risk and compliance agent at IKEA Group.  Chase Seitz was promoted to district director of operations and asset protection at Macy’s.Jim Mansour is now a district asset protection leader at CVS Health.  Tim LePelley, CFI is now an area loss prevention manager at Ross Stores. Angela Schorah was promoted to multi-brand loss prevention trainer at TJX Companies. Anthony Auciello, CFI is now a senior regional asset protection manager at Whole Foods Market. Alaina Kring, CPhT was promoted to lead ORC manager at Ulta Beauty. Bob Higgins was promoted to director – Intelligent Retail Lab by Walmart.Aaron Wade is now an area loss prevention supervisor at Bealls.  Douglas Del Campo, LPC was promoted to regional loss prevention manager (global specialty fulfillment) at Amazon. Andrew Crosby, CFI is now director of loss control and compliance at Astreya. Kelley Lederer is now systems and investigations support manager at The TJX Companies. James Stark was promoted to vice president of loss prevention and risk management at Pier 1.  Review the April 2019 “People on the Move.”Many of the loss prevention / asset protection career moves and promotions are reported to us by our career advisor partners. We are grateful for their collective efforts and diligence in delivering this information. If you would like to provide information pertaining to a recent promotion or career move that is not listed here, please send your submissions to peopleonthemove [at] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Line-ups: Atalanta v Man City

first_imgJosip Ilicic is again the False 9 with Papu Gomez and Mario Pasalic, as Atalanta seek their first Champions League point against Manchester City. It kicks off at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, known also as San Siro, at 20.00 GMT. Follow the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Lokomotiv Moscow-Juventus on the LIVEBLOG. La Dea are joint fourth in Serie A, but have lost all three Champions League outings so far, including a 5-1 defeat at the Etihad, despite originally taking the lead. Duvan Zapata is still out of action, while Luis Muriel is left on the bench as a wild card for the second half, meaning Ilicic is once again the False 9, supported by Gomez and surprisingly Pasalic rather than Ruslan Malinovskyi. Marten De Roon returns after missing the 2-0 loss to Cagliari through suspension. Manchester City made the trip without Phil Foden, who was sent off in the last meeting with Atalanta, while David Silva, Rodri, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte are injured. Ederson returns in goal after being rested in the 2-1 win over Southampton at the weekend, while Gabriel Jesus gets the nod upfront rather than Sergio Aguero. Former Juventus and Inter full-back Joao Cancelo replaces Jose Tasende. Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimisti; Hateboer, Freuler, De Roon, Castagne; Pasalic; Ilicic, Gomez Atalanta bench: Sportiello, Kjaer, Masiello, Muriel, Arana, Malinovskyi, Barrow Man City: Ederson; Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Sterling; Gabriel Jesus Man City bench: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Aguero, Angelino, Garcia, Doyle Ref: Kulbakov (BLR) Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

9 months agoChelsea make €25M contract offer to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Chelsea make €25M contract offer to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barellaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have offered Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella a massive contract package to move to London this month.TMW says a five-year deal worth €5m-a-season has been tabled to the Italy U21 international.Chelsea have also offered Cagliari a massive €55m for the Sardinians to sell.Barella is a specific request of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, while his No2 Gianfranco Zola has been on the phone to the player regularly about life at Cobham.However, the player is still to be convinced about leaving for abroad at this stage in his career. last_img read more

Video: USC AD Pat Haden Collapsed On The Sideline Prior To Tonight’s Game

first_imgPat Haden collapses on the field of the USC game.Pat Haden CollapseUpdate: Looks like Haden is fine and is headed back to California with the team. Good signs. Pat Haden checked out at local hospital and was OK. Is on his jet back to USC, per announcement.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 18, 2015Earlier: There was a very scary moment on the sidelines in South Bend just before tonight’s USC-Notre Dame game kicked off. USC AD Pat Haden took ill and collapsed on the field. NBC’s television cameras and media on the sideline captured the scary scene.Video of #USC AD Pat Haden on the sideline pregame from NBC.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 17, 2015#USC AD Pat Haden wasn’t feeling well on the sidelines before the game. Medical staff huddled around him.— Daily Trojan Sports (@DT_Sports) October 17, 2015Reportedly, Haden is feeling better, which is a great sign. It’s unclear what exactly happened to him.Per USC- Pat Haden took a knee on sideline, felt light headed. Went with medical staff to locker area and is sitting up, appears to be OK.— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) October 17, 2015He is stable and sitting up in locker room, spokesman said.— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) October 17, 2015Haden has certainly been under a lot of stress lately. Hopefully he is okay.last_img read more

Best interest of the child needs to be redefined before passing Bill

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsA child advocate who is testifying before Canada’s Senate says the best interest of the child must be kept in mind before Bill C-92, the proposed Indigenous child welfare law, is passed.Ardith Walkem of the Nlaka’Paumux Nation Tribal Council said on Thursday, that the meaning of the best interest of the child has historically resulted in situations like the Sixties Scoop.“In fact, we know, we know when we look at the kids who were the subject of the 60s, 70s, 80s, of that on-going scoop,” said Walkem.“We see what the impact has been for them. They’re the result of the operational best interest of the child.”Walkem wants to see the legislation re-define the best interest of the child to include cultural paramountcy.“It is in their best interest to remain connected to their Indigenous cultures, communities and territory. And give very clear direction that it’s to be interpreted and defined according to their own indigenous people’s values and traditions,” she said.She says if cultural considerations aren’t included in the definition that we will see former child welfare youth enter into the correctional system.“If we don’t acknowledge and keep children connected to their culture, the impact of the child welfare system isn’t protection. In fact, if we can’t keep kids protected, we’re going to see them later in the criminal justice system,” said Walkem.Bill C-92, the Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, Youth and Families, is currently being studied in Senate.The proposed legislation re-imagines control over Indigenous youth in the child welfare system.Indigenous children under the age of 14 make up 52 per cent of those in the system, while only making up seven per cent of all children under 14 in Canada.These children are predominantly under the jurisdiction of their respective provincial child welfare systems.That could change if C-92 receives royal assent and control is transitioned over to Indigenous communities.The act, now in senate, states the best interest of the child will be primary.Bill C-92 is currently in second reading in the House of Commons.The Senate must pass the bill before the summer break or it will not be passed into [email protected]@amberbernardlast_img read more

Lawyers trade jabs as meningitis outbreak murder trial opens

first_imgBOSTON – An attorney for a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak urged jurors Tuesday not to be swayed by their emotions while prosecutors argued the man’s actions demonstrated a “shocking disregard” for human life.Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center, is on trial for second-degree murder and mail fraud under federal racketeering law for his role in the 2012 outbreak caused by tainted steroid injections that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others.Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese told jurors Chin instructed staff to use expired ingredients, falsify documents and neglect cleaning to get the products out the door as quickly as possible. Chin also failed to properly sterilize the drugs, shipped products before they were tested and ignored findings of mould and bacteria in the clean rooms, Varghese said.“Glenn Chin knew better,” Varghese said during his opening statement. “He knew with what he was doing there was a reasonable likelihood that people were going to die, and he did it anyways.”Chin, who was wearing a dark suit and glasses, took notes and sometimes shook his head while Varghese spoke to the panel of 11 women and four men who will hear the case, which is expected to last several weeks.Chin’s attorneys are hoping to place the blame on the co-founder of the compounding pharmacy. Unlike regular drugstores, compounding pharmacies custom-mix medications and supply them directly to hospitals and doctors.Barry Cadden was sentenced in June to nine years in prison after being acquitted of second-degree murder charges but convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges.Defence Attorney Stephen Weymouth said there is no evidence Chin caused the injections to become contaminated. Before the outbreak, Chin had a long track record of safely producing compounded drugs, Weymouth said.Cadden was the one calling the shots, and Chin couldn’t stand up to him, said Weymouth, who sought to portray Cadden as a demanding boss who treated his employees poorly and was only interested in profits.“He treated them badly, and he pushed them to work to the max, and he didn’t care if corners had to be cut to do that,” Weymouth said. “Those weren’t decisions made by Glenn Chin. They were decisions made by Barry Cadden.”Before the defence gave its opening statement, Chin’s attorneys unsuccessfully pressed the judge to declare a mistrial due to some of Varghese’s comments, including a mention of how many people attended the funeral for one of the meningitis victims.The outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections was traced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contaminated injections of medical steroids, given mostly to people with back pain.More than 700 people in 20 states were sickened in what’s considered the worst public health crisis in recent U.S. history. The CDC put the death toll at 64 in 2013. Federal officials identified additional victims in their investigation, raising the total number of deaths to 76.Chin is charged in the deaths of 25 people in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.Varghese, the assistant U.S. attorney, slowly read the names of those victims to the jurors while their pictures flashed across a television screen. While Chin did not intend to kill them, he knew there was a reasonable likelihood the drugs could be deadly if they were not sterile, Varghese said.“He knew he had a job to do, which was to make these drugs sterile, and he just didn’t care enough to do it,” Varghese said.But Chin’s attorney urged jurors not to let their sympathy for the victims get in the way of the facts in the case.“The government has no evidence that will ever be able to convince you beyond a reasonable doubt that Glen Chin murdered 25 people,” Weymouth said.___Follow Alanna Durkin Richer at Read more of her work at read more

PRRD expands landslide evacuation order to islands south of Old Fort

first_imgThis area is considered to be at risk with respect to public safety and it is recommended that no access be allowed.The PRRD added that once the LiDAR analysis has been completed, a more thorough understanding of the size of the slide and potential risk area will be available.The Regional District added that a team of experts from Westrek Geotechnical and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development are working on the analysis and will provide an update as soon as possible. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has once again expanded the area under an evacuation order because of the landslide near the community of Old Fort, though this time the order is for areas south of the community.The PRRD said that the expansion of the evacuation order to include the islands south of Old Fort was recommended by Westrek Geotechnical Services, the firm contracted by the Regional District after the landslide first began on September 30th.The main slide is said to have already impacted one of the islands, and recent changes along with new information about the west slide indicate the potential for increased mobilization and depth of failure.last_img read more

Street Banners designed by local artist for the 2020 BC Winter Games

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local woman, Harriet Stanford designed the new street banners that can be seen on 100th street to commemorate the upcoming 2020 BC Winter Games.When the Fort St. John Community Arts Council put out a call for proposals, Stanford decided to try her hand at designing them with the representation of four different sports, which are displayed in a northern context.  “I’ve always enjoyed creating art, but I’ve never done it professionally,” says Stanford. “Creating these banners gave me a new skill set to work with.” “There are big skies, northern lights, wind and snow. I wanted to pick lesser represented sports and put them firmly in a northern context,” says Stanford. Fort St. John will be host to the BC Winter Games in seven months and welcoming up to 1,200 athletes, 300 coaches and 200 officials to the region. With the economic impact estimated to be approximately $1.6-million for the city. “The Games are an opportunity for us to showcase our community to the province. The Arts Council coming on board with this year’s banner design honouring sport is just one more demonstration of our community pulling together,” says Darren Snider, President of the Fort St. John BC Games Society. “The new street banners are a perfect example of how these major events bring our community together. The Fort St. John Community Arts Council has been instrumental in creating incredible street banners over the years, and this year’s program continues that tradition,” says Mayor Lori Ackerman. Stanford has lived in Fort St. John her whole life, even though she has recently moved away, she still resides in Northern BC and shared she is proud to be from the northern part of the province.last_img read more