Ring with a meaning goes on incredible trip

first_imgA few days earlier, a guidance counselor had let him know his ring had surfaced, and that a woman named Jane Clark from Hayward had e-mailed the school looking for his address. So when his grandmother wasn’t around, Robin dialed her long-distance number. Unable to reach her last week, he planned to keep trying. Eventually he’d know the story behind the missing ring, he said. But his grandmother beat him to it. When the envelope arrived Monday, Ann and Robin’s father, Scott, were immediately curious. “There are no secrets around here,” Ann said, so they decided to peel it open. Inside was Robin’s 2008 class ring and a handwritten letter. The ring, as it turned out, had traveled more than 380 miles from the Bakers’ Redondo Beach trash bin to a facility that sorts through rubbish and recyclables in Northern California. Dave Clark, who runs the center in Hayward, south of Oakland, noticed something sparkling on the floor as he sorted through glass piles, said his wife, Jane, who saw the ring when he brought it home that night. She would never have known the significance of the angel and the name Savanna. Twelve years ago, the 2-year-old girl was hit by an ice-cream truck passing through the family’s former neighborhood in Apache Junction, Ariz. But Jane Clark, who has a 13-year-old son of her own, said there was something that pushed her to find Robin Leo Baker. She knew his full name because it was engraved on the inside of the band, so she searched local phone listings and posted a message on MySpace. Finally, Jane Clark tracked down an e-mail address for a Redondo Union High School guidance counselor. “I was determined that this ring was going back to its owner,” she said. “It was meant to be.” Robin can only figure that he accidentally swept the ring off his desk and into his bedroom trash can. “I thought, what are the odds of anyone finding a ring that small?” Ann said. Or the person who found it having a heart that big. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Robin Baker’s class ring still looks pretty handsome on his finger, considering its harrowing trip these past few months. The white gold band is roughed up with a few nicks and scratches, but the center ruby still shimmers, and the engraving looks sharp. The ring says Robin on one side and Savanna on the other. And beneath his little sister’s name is a tiny embossed angel. Robin was only 4 when Savanna died in 1995. Robin realized his 2008 class ring had gone missing a couple of months ago, but he shrugged it off, figuring he’d eventually find it. Robin never told his 77-year-old grandmother for fear she’d get angry. A mother of six boys who is helping to raise her 16-year-old grandson, Ann Baker would have been sick over the loss of a $425 ring that was a gift from Robin’s mother. “I would have spent the rest of my life looking,” she said later. So for a couple of months, Robin said he got used to going to school without it. Until earlier this past week that is, when a good Samaritan stepped in. A white FedEx envelope reached the Bakers’ Redondo Beach home Monday while Robin was in school, so he missed his chance to intercept it. last_img read more

International Parks Wrap-up – July 2018

first_imgShare This!Is everyone excited for the July International Parks Wrap-up?! Clearly, I’m still excited from my recent travels to Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo Disney Resort! It was a grand adventure that started off with a delayed luggage disaster and ended with a lovely anniversary dinner in Tokyo DisneySea. (FYI, if you’re letting your spouse actually put your packed items into the suitcases, remind them to split everything up between the bags 50/50. Not all of your stuff in one and theirs in another. Because when one bag gets delayed, one of you will be borrowing the other’s underwear. I digress…)I will preface this report by saying that there isn’t an enormous amount of news. We’re smack in the middle of the summer season, meaning that most of the special offerings kicked into gear last month and we’ve covered them in past reports. For those parks in particular, I’ll throw in a tidbit or two from my own adventures! (Unfortunately I don’t have any photos to share yet – I’m actually uploading them all to my computer right now, and it is taking a serious chunk of time!)Shanghai DisneylandThis September Shanghai Disney Resort is holding it’s first-ever Disney Inspiration Run! On September 15 – 16 you’ll find three courses traversing the magical lands of Shanghai Disney and ending alongside Wishing Star Lake. As to be expected with a Disney run, you’ll find characters along the route, along with music and entertainment. Registration is open now through August 10.The medals for the first Shanghai Disney run are spectacular! (Photo courtesy of Disney.)Now for my special side note – I reported back in May that Shanghai Disney Resort guests are now able to enter the park early, and through a special entrance in Disneytown. This. Is. Amazing. Seriously, I cannot begin to fathom how much stress and annoyance we avoided by entering the park early through the easy, peasy line in Disneytown. It was downright magical.Hong Kong DisneylandOnward and upward to the quaint Hong Kong Disneyland! The biggest news from any international park this month is the introduction of Duffy’s new friend, Cookie! We just missed her debut by a few days, but her prints were all over Main Street, U.S.A. Cookie is a precocious pup who loves to bake, and her friendship with Duffy started over an accidental mixing of her waffles and his cotton candy. She is the first friend of the Duffy pack to debut at Hong Kong Disneyland, and she’s meeting guests in her signature chef’s hat.Cookie is an adorable addition to the Duffy gang! (Photo courtesy of Disney.)Hong Kong Disneyland also features race news this month, with their 10K Weekend returning November 3 – 4. The races are themed to The Incredibles, Monsters University, Toy Story, and Mickey & Friends. Registration for this event is open now through August 28.In spite of all the construction taking place in Hong Kong Disneyland right now, my husband and I absolutely adored the resort. It was easy to manage, the lines were practically nothing, and the laid-back experience was a welcome relief after Shanghai and the bag debacle. We will most definitely be returning to Hong Kong Disneyland in the future, and I can’t recommend it enough. (And we spent an entire day in the park in tropical storm conditions!)Tokyo Disney ResortJust like with Hong Kong Disneyland, our trip to Tokyo just barely missed the premiere of new happenings at Tokyo Disney Resort! After we traveled back to the states, Tokyo Disney released their new nighttime spectacular and two new stage shows.“Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” is a nighttime show featuring fountains, projections, and pyrotechnics. During the daylight hours, you can catch “Let’s Party Gras!” at Theatre Orleans in Tokyo Disneyland. Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Goofy, Max, Clarice, and the Three Caballeros show off their moves in this Mardi Gras-themed extravaganza. Over at Tokyo DisneySea, Mickey and his friends have encounters with New York City’s street performers and the bright lights of Broadway in “Hello, New York!” Be sure to catch these three new entertainment options on your own travels to Tokyo Disney Resort.Make sure you catch, “Hello, New York!” when you’re in DisneySea! (Photo courtesy of Disney.)It is harder to narrow it down to just one thing to share about Tokyo Disney. Tokyo feels like home. My husband and I met when we were stationed in Japan together, and being back, experiencing the Japanese culture, was the most spectacular way to spend our 10-year anniversary.When you’re there, embrace the experience. Our trip was right in the middle of Tanabata days, and when we went to Magellan’s at DisneySea for our anniversary dinner, we both dressed for the occasion. I wore a yukata (summer kimono) and my husband wore a jenbei. There are no words for how wonderful that evening was (even if it took me an hour to get properly dressed!), and I wouldn’t change anything about it. (Just remember, if you choose to participate in a cultural custom such as this, do it respectfully.)Disneyland ParisI have only the tiniest tidbit of news out of Disneyland Paris, and that is the release of the medals for the upcoming Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend, taking place September 20 – 23. Unfortunately, Paris was not on my itinerary for this trip, so I don’t have any special tips or things of note to share!If anything would ever get me to run for fun, it’d be the Disneyland Paris medals! (Nothing will ever get me to run for fun.) (Photo courtesy of Disney.)Are you planning on visiting any of the international parks? Have you been in the past? Is there anything in particular you want to know about my recent travels? Please comment and share your thoughts and experiences on the Disney Parks throughout the world!last_img read more

Solutions Snapshot: PPS – Product Protection Solutions

first_imgSolution providers offer a wide spectrum of mission-critical products and services designed to help meet the rising demands of the asset protection function and the retail business in general. We use these resources to increase efficiencies, improve performance, enhance productivity, support safety, lower costs, and discourage theft.By the same respect, our vendors can offer much more than simply providing mission-critical products and services. They have become an extension of our team and partners in the success of our department, our program and our company. They work with us to find solutions to both the simple and complex challenges we face on a daily basis. These relationships have become an essential factor in the success of today’s loss prevention programs, and it is more important than ever that we effectively manage all aspects of our vendor relationships—from selecting the right vendor to achieving optimal results that best meet our business objectives.Product Protection Solutions (PPS), a veteran and family-owned solution provider, provides both consultative services and physical loss prevention technologies to support customer needs in the application of AM, RF, and RFID technologies throughout the loss prevention, electronic article surveillance, and supply chain arenas. With more than 60 years of combined EAS, Logistics and Finance experience, PPS is a formidable ally to have. By offering effective solutions that address a wide range of loss prevention measures from multi-purpose to individual custom applications, PPS is focused on enabling retailers to keep more of what matters, creating a better shopping experience for customers, and driving overall profitability through increased sales and reduced loss.- Sponsor – True partnership requires a commitment beyond simply selling products. Ultimately, a true solution provider must evolve throughout the relationship with their clients, striving to better understand an organization’s specific needs, wants, and requirements. By sharing this vision, PPS is poised to better support the culture of the organization, current business needs, and future business trends as the loss prevention landscape changes.With the introduction of the Keepsafe™ series, PPS continues to demonstrate its focus on deploying enhanced security products. The Keepsafe™ series has demonstrated reduced shrinkage against both amateur and professional shoplifters targeting retail spaces by maintaining its security where other standard and super applications have failed. Keepsafe™ products include:Hard Tags and Detachers: The PPS Keepsafe™ Tags provide high-level theft protection for everything from delicate intimates to durable sporting goods. While beneficial for use in any traditional hard tags application, the Keepsafe™ Hard Tags are especially effective where standard or super locks are being defeated or removed, and are available in AM, RF, and RFID technologies. H-Tags are only detachable using the Keepsafe ™ H-Tag Detacher and cannot be removed with traditional standard or super detachers.Beverage Protection: The PPS Keepsafe™ Beverage Protection is the ideal solution for protecting bottled beverages and other similar bottled items. The multi-purpose Protection are available as collar tags, caps and full bottle coverage. The reusable Beverage Protection allow for full product visibility, while providing the highest level of anti-theft protection.Safers: The PPS Keepsafe™ Safers provide high-level theft protection for everything from health and beauty aids to razors and small electronics. The reusable safers house products in a transparent case, allowing retailers to openly showcase products while reducing shrinkage from theft. PPS has also developed a micro-safer series that is ideal for small cosmetics that typically cannot be effectively protected. PPS Keepsafe™ Safers are made with the highest quality of polycarbonate which makes them highly resistant to scratching and discoloration unlike traditional safers, keepers and vaults currently on the market.Alarm Series: The PPS Keepsafe™ Alarm Series is designed to provide additional layers of security for high-shrink, not easily protected products that require more than the traditional application of safers and tags. Each device integrates with existing RF or AM EAS systems and provides 1, 2, or 3-alarm protection. The Alarm Series offers the added benefit of knowing when and where someone is attempting to defeat your security solutions and steal your products.Specialty Tags and Devices: PPS offers a full range of tags and labels in AM, RF, and RFID. PPS also offers an RF Field Tester that can be used to evaluate non-alarming RF deactivator pads and antennas. PPS is focused on providing solutions that specifically address our partners pain points. Whether this requires modification of an existing solution, or development of a new one, PPS is committed to Protecting Products, Preventing Loss, and Securing your Bottom Line.The global reach of the retail world drives us to stay current in all aspects of the business. It takes a diverse and collective effort to accomplish our goals and objectives, expanding our knowledge and our resources when necessary in order to accomplish critical tasks and improve results. We must carry the ability to continually upgrade our knowledge and skill sets, building a professional plan that drives us forward to meet the changing needs of our current position—and the one after that.We encourage you to take the steps to learn more about our solution provider partners and improve your awareness regarding the products and services available to support the loss prevention industry. The time spent reviewing these brief summaries can add new perspective to the products and services that help shape our industry, and long-term value to your career development.For more information on our industry solution providers, visit LP Magazine’s Business Directory. 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Ohio State mens basketball routs Jackson State 8541

The No. 3 Ohio State men’s basketball team kept on rolling Friday as the Buckeyes beat Jackson State, 85-41. Jackson State hung around with the Buckeyes to start the game and even led, 11-10, six minutes into the contest. An 18-0 OSU run gave the Buckeyes a commanding lead they would not relinquish. Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said the Buckeyes had no weaknesses and were every bit as good as the University of North Carolina, who is ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. “They have a very good basketball team,” Anderson said. “I think this team has a chance to get back to the Final Four. I don’t see any weakness at all.” OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger led the way for the Buckeyes, scoring 20 points and adding 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes of playing time. Friday featured more than just OSU’s preseason All-American, something Sullinger didn’t seem to mind. “I love watching this team play,” Sullinger said. “Especially the young guys that don’t get to play a lot. It was pretty awesome to kind of sit the bench a little bit.” Coach Thad Matta, known for not using many players off the bench, used 10 players before the five-minute mark in the first half. Matta said it was important to get more players some game experience. “We’ve got to continue as much as we can to develop all those guys,” Matta said. “It’s different with the game uniform on and against an opponent. It was good to get the young guys as many minutes as we did.” With 3:30 remaining in the first half, sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon caught an alley-oop from sophomore guard Aaron Craft and completed a two-handed dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. “For a split second, I thought I threw the ball too far away,” Craft said. “But he shut me up pretty fast. “I’m pretty sure his shoulder was somewhere close to the rim. It was pretty awesome.” Weatherspoon finished with eight points. OSU continued to extend its lead with a flurry of fast breaks and dunks as the Buckeyes took a 46-17 lead into the half. The margin only widened after the intermission. The OSU defense stifled the Tigers all night. They forced 26 turnovers, which led to 41 Buckeye points on the other end of the floor. Overall, OSU held JSU to 35 percent shooting from the field including 22 percent from behind the arc. The Buckeyes shot 48 percent and 20 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Jordan Sibert notched his first double-digit scoring performance of the season, finishing with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. “That’s what I’ve been working on all spring and summer,” Sibert said. “I think I got a lot of confidence from my teammates and my coaches to take and make wide-open shots.” Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas and senior guard William Buford also scored in double figures, both finishing with 11 points. The Buckeyes are next in action Monday against North Florida. The opening tip is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Rebic discusses Bayern link

first_imgAnte Rebic says he will decide his future after the World Cup, according to Goal.The Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions to reunite with former boss, Niko Kovac who replaced Juup Hynckes as the new manager of Bayern Munich.The Croatian star praised his former boss for the success he brought to Eintracht Frankfurt as he led them to a German cup final win over his current employers but refused to discuss rumors linking him with a move to Allianz Arena.Rebic who scored twice during the DFB-Pokal final told reporters: “He (Niko Kovac) was very successful in Frankfurt, and that earned him a move to Bayern”Ante Rebic, AC MilanBobic praises “unstoppable” Ante Rebic Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 The Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director is delighted that AC Milan has finally found their left winger in Ante Rebic.Ante Rebic joined AC Milan this…“I’m still under contract at Eintracht and right now my focus is on the World Cup. After the World Cup, I will talk about my future”.Rebic has been one of the standout players for Croatia so far at the World Cup and Zlatko Dalic would be hoping there’s more to come from the forward.“20 years is a long time ago, and football was different then, but we (Croatia) believe we can achieve something similar.” He told reporters.last_img read more