Ex-cheerleaders offer to end lawsuit against NFL for $1

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Two former NFL cheerleaders who are suing the league for discrimination said they are not in it for the money.Former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware and former New Orleans Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis are offering to end their discrimination cases for just $1 a piece if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league lawyers would agree to a meeting.“This was never about money for me,” Davis told ABC News. “This is about having respect for our sport and standing up for our sport and standing up for women.”If they were to meet with Goodell, the women said they hope to address the list of concerns from dozens of cheerleaders, which include allegations of harassment from fans, low pay, long hours and strict rules on everything from weight to social media use.“They could ignore us or listen to us and then do nothing — and I understand that risk,” said Sara Blackwell, the women’s lawyer. “But I hope they have a real legitimate discussion with us, because I feel like we are on the same side.”Ware, a Dolphins cheerleader for three seasons beginning in 2014, said she felt compelled to quit a couple of weeks prior to the end of her contract in spring 2017 because she felt “she was just not accepted on the team if she was a Christian,” according to the complaint filed this month with the Florida State Labor Board.Ware says in the complaint that although she was co-captain of the cheerleading team and a fan favorite, she suffered harassment from some representatives of the squad because of her social media postings about her faith. She claims her decision to remain a virgin until marriage also adversely affected her.Ware contends that problems began after she posted a photo of her April 10, 2016, baptism on her public Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.Ware said she had not publicized her decision to wait to have sex until marriage but that the topic had come up months earlier, in fall of 2015, during a conversation with fellow Dolphins cheerleaders in front of other staff.The Dolphins responded to Ware’s complaint in a statement to ABC News on April 13: “We are seriously committed to providing a positive work environment for everyone associated with the organization. We hold every member of our organization to the same standards and do not discriminate as it relates to gender, race and religious beliefs.”Ware alleges in her complaint that in her annual tryout-interview in spring 2016, she was told her she was “not allowed to speak about anything related to her virginity to anyone” and that she “needed to develop into a woman.”A few months later, in September 2016, the cheerleading director and coaches told the co-captains, captains and some other cheerleaders that they could change their Instagram accounts to Dolphin Instagram accounts “under certain conditions,” Ware alleges in the complaint, adding that they were told that on their Dolphin Instagram accounts they were to talk about “fashion and fitness and cheerleading.”Ware claims that when she said she wanted to continue to “share her faith, post Bible verses and to be a role model for little girls” on Instagram, she was told by one of the coaches that “you cannot be ‘too much. You cannot mention Jesus or anything like that.’”The complaint further alleges that a month after the discussion about Instagram, the cheerleading director became physically aggressive with Ware at a fashion show for the Dolphins.Ware said her breaking point came in April 2017 after she was asked by the Dolphins to write a motivational blog post for women trying out for the cheerleading team, and some of her allusions to her faith in the post were removed.“I was told that I wasn’t allowed to mention God, and what really broke my heart is seeing how public football players can be about their faith,” Ware told ABC News.“Dolphin football players are allowed to maintain and express their faith in any way,” the complaint alleges. “Several players prayed on the 50-yard line before a game. They profess their faith online, on social media, to fellow players, to the public.”Ware’s allegations followed a complaint filed in March by Davis, who was with the New Orleans Saints cheering squad.Davis alleges in her complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was fired on Jan. 23, 2018, for posting a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a one-piece bodysuit, breaking a rule that prohibits cheerleaders from posting revealing images on social media, a rule that her complaint says does not apply to men.“The players can post whatever they want on social media. … They can post shirtless and in the gym,” Davis told ABC News. “We can’t post in lingerie or a semi-nude, and it’s discriminating because for women to do that, it’s seen as something sexual, but when a guy does it, it’s seen as athletic.”The Saints deny that Davis was discriminated against because she is female.“The New Orleans Saints is an equal opportunity employer, and denies that Ms. Davis was discriminated against because she is female,” the NFL organization said in a statement to ABC News. “The Saints will defend these allegations in due course and in the appropriate forum, and the organization is confident that its policies and workplace rules will withstand legal scrutiny.”In response to the recent cheerleader complaints, the NFL told ABC News in a statement, “The NFL and all NFL member clubs support fair employment practices. Everyone who works in the NFL, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination, and fully complies with state and federal laws. Our office will work with our clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace.”The league has until May 4 to accept or reject the deal proposed by Ware and Davis.“I don’t think that anyone has to say, ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I’m sorry,’” Blackwell said in regards to her clients. “I don’t care about any of that. My clients don’t care about that. What we want is change.”The NFL declined to comment in regards to the offer.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img April 25, 2018 /Sports News – National Ex-cheerleaders offer to end lawsuit against NFL for $1last_img read more

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Purplebricks wins Feefo award despite questions over its online reviews

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Purplebricks wins Feefo award despite questions over its online reviews previous nextMarketingPurplebricks wins Feefo award despite questions over its online reviewsAgency’s CEO is delighted by customer service gong given to his company a week after its Canadian arm was caught paying for positive online reviews.Nigel Lewis28th January 20201 Comment810 Views Just four months after allegations in tech magazine Wired that Purplebricks has in the past ‘gamed’ its online reviews, the hybrid estate agency has been given a customer service gong by reviews website Feefo.Described as ‘an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences as rated by real customers’, it is the second year in a row that Purplebricks has won the plaudit.Nevertheless the award in controversial. As well as the investigation by Wired magazine, last week it was revealed that in Canada its local marketing department was paying staff if their family and friends posted upbeat reviews and five-star plaudits on Facebook and Google.And from mid-2017 to April 2019 Purplebricks UK and industry reviews website AllAgents.co.uk were involved in a long-running dispute over reviews.Feefo says the agency won its Gold status after some 5,000 reviews were posted with an average score of 4.1 and that over 3,000 were five-star reviews.“This is a great achievement for the whole team and demonstrates our commitment and relentless focus on delivering great customer service,” says Vic Darvey, CEO of Purplebricks (left).“Feefo’s model is based on the feedback of real customers, ensuring the integrity and honesty of their online reviews, and allowing us to learn and consistently improve. We look forward to another successful year.”Feefo Gold Trusted Service awards are given to businesses who have collected at least 50 reviews between January 1st, and December 31st, 2019 with a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 4.9.Feefo says it ensures that all feedback is authentic, by matching it to a legitimate transaction. Purplebricks vic darvey Feefo January 28, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentKelvin Francis, Kelvin Francis Ltd. Kelvin Francis Ltd. 28th January 2020 at 9:38 amI would be interested to know how Feefo manage to authenticate 8,000 reviews for Purplebricks alone, to say nothing of the larger numbers of all other agents?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Police investigate arson attack on Brace’s vehicles

first_imgWelsh plant baker Brace’s says police are baffled after three of its £50,000 lorries were set on fire on December 27.The lorries were among 10 vehicles parked in its isolated depot in Capel Hendre when the attack occurred at 11.30pm. They were set alight separately, with the arsonists smashing windows and setting fire to the cabin seats. A security guard at the site raised the alarm when the first lorry exploded.Marketing director Scott Richardson said the incident came as a huge shock to the family business, which has never been attacked before. He commented: “Thankfully no-one was hurt. We have no idea who did this. Whoever did it must have a good understanding of our processes, to know that the lorries would be parked there at that time, as it is a very isolated site.”There was nothing on the records to indicate that any Brace’s staff were disgruntled and staff turnover was very low, he added.Brace’s is using extra hire lorries for deliveries and there was no disruption to service. Police are continuing to investigate.last_img read more

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Radio appeal boosts bakery

first_imgA family-run bakery in Gloucestershire has enjoyed a resurgence of customer support following a radio appeal by its owner for people in Cirencester to show loyalty to local businesses.Jennifer Whiddett, who runs two shops and a bakery with her husband, Robert, appeared on a local radio station to talk about her business as the oldest bakery in the town.She told British Baker the way some sections of the media had reported her comments was alarmist, as they suggested that the business might fold. However, the publicity has resulted in a wave of support from local people for the bakery, which is renowned for its sugarbuns as well as banoffee pie.”We’ve had a tremendous response, it’s been overwhelming. People don’t want to see us close. Some reports took my comments about the need for local people to support traders in the town completely out of context,” commented Whiddett, who said supermarket competition was fierce.last_img read more

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Positive attitude guides paralyzed alum after accident

first_img “One of my aunts … knew that I loved to rock climb and ate a lot of Cliff Bars,” he said. “She contacted [the company] and showed them my mountain project page, which is like Facebook for climbers. They liked what they saw and donated 66 pounds of Cliff Bars to the event.” After his Aug. 20 accident, Martinuzzi spent three weeks in a Biddeford, Maine hospital, where he got his respiratory functions back and did some simple occupational therapy (OT).  Support from family, friends and even people he has never met, has made the recovery process easier and helped him, he said. His family created a Facebook page called “Friends of Aaron Martinuzzi” and they also made a page on caringbridge.org, where family and friends can give updates about the status of a loved one going through a challenging health issue, according to the website.   “Everyone has been incredibly positive,” he said. “Every day I realize just how lucky I am.” Martinuzzi is mostly working on regaining the strength in his back and shoulders. One of his current goals is working to able to operate his wheel chair with a joystick. Currently he uses a “suck-n-blow” wheelchair, which moves the chair through either sucking or blowing air into a tube.  “Right now, I can see some significant gains, but I can’t predict what exactly will happen,” Martinuzzi said. “I just take it a day and a week at a time.” His ultimate goal is to be able to return to medical school at the University of New England, where he was working toward his doctorate of osteopathic medicine.  Since then, he’s moved to the University Hospital at the University of Michigan, where he is doing OT four to six times a day.  Some of his aunts have planned fundraisers to help cover some of the medical expenses. At their first event, a walk/run in October, a special donation was made in Martinuzzi’s honor. Martinuzzi said he is grateful for the support he has and the progress he’s making. He said his previous experience as an athlete has helped him keep a positive outlook on this while process. “I swam in high school and was an avid climber”, he said. “I was always working on improving my performance. Rehab is sort of the exact same process.” “I’ve always been someone that looks forward and doesn’t look back,” Martinuzzi said. “It’s nice to know that everyone else shares that attitude and can look forward to new goals.” Even though the recovery process is slow and tedious, Martinuzzi said he is confident in his abilities. He specifically wants to gain strength in his hands and shoulders because that will help him become more capable in all areas, he said.  “It’s been an exercise in patience,” he said.  After 2008 graduate Aaron Martinuzzi broke his neck diving into a pool in August, he was paralyzed from his shoulders down. He’s spent the past few months in rehabilitation trying to regain strength, but he looks at his life-changing spinal cord injury in a positive light. “Right now, due to the nature of my injury, I’m working toward really simple things,” Martinuzzi said. “I’m strong enough to use machines with really, really light weight. It’s not like I’m doing 30 pound bicep curls.”last_img read more

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Former ‘drug czar’ warns against marijuana use

first_imgThe former “drug czar” under President George W. Bush, John P. Walters, presented on the dangers of illicit drugs and potential solutions to a growing problem Thursday evening.Walters, the former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2001 to 2009, gave a presentation titled “Pot: Hot or Not? The Young, American Democracy, and the Drug Problem,” addressing the effects of marijuana and illicit drugs and their potential legalization.Sarah Olson | The Observer Walter, who now serves as executive vice president of the Hudson Institute, highlighted how the consumption of most illicit substances decreased during the years 2001-2007.He also discussed how drug use among teens is growing, citing a culture that has embraced marijuana and advertised it as a natural remedy.Walters stressed the importance of screening programs that accelerate the process of an addict realizing he or she has a problem.“The use of court-mandated treatment has helped get people the care they need,” Walters said.Walters presented statistics that showed the the criminal justice system is the largest reason people enter treatment.“It would be nice if people could be educated by family members or friends, but ultimately the single greatest source of intervention and treatment begins with the criminal justice system,” Walters said.Walters said he wanted the audience to know how pertinent it was to seek out the necessary resources to help a family member or friend who is potentially struggling with addiction.“In almost every case if [drug users] get themselves treatment, there’s always someone who has been a source of compulsion to do that,” Walters said. “Although this usually is initiated by the criminal justice system, friends and family can be a vital resource of help.”Walters warned against the potential dangers of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, citing evidence that claimed crime rates in Denver have increased dramatically since the installation of marijuana dispensaries in the state.“Denver is becoming the new Detroit,” Walters said in regards to the growing rate of crime in the city.When a student from the Denver area challenged this statement, Walters drew the crowd’s attention to a potential business owner’s point of view, and how marijuana legalization causes apprehension in an owner’s mind.“Who’s going to want to bring a business to a city or region where they can’t get a workforce that is sober?” Walters said.The Center for Ethics and Culture, Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies and Students for Child Oriented Policy sponsored the discussion.Tags: Drug Czar, marijuana, Students for a Child Oriented Policy, White House Office of National Drug Control Policylast_img read more

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How to orchestrate your attitude

first_imgHow do you measure success? Is it by financial security, career growth, community involvement, quality of relationships, spiritual centeredness or the legacy you leave? Whichever measure you choose, your attitude is the single most important factor in achieving success.“Your attitude is the single most important factor in achieving success.”The topic of attitude can be conceptual and confusing. In fact, as we go through life we often hear phrases like, “Keep your chin up,” “Look on the bright side,” or “You need a winning attitude.” Unfortunately, we seldom know how to convert these soft sayings into hard results.The great news is that even in the worst situations – a victim of a natural disaster, prisoner of war, target of abuse or when hit by a string of unfortunate circumstances – your attitude is something you can always control! continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How to go from farmhouse to fabulous Hamptons style

first_imgResort style pool? Tick that box. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS The family have made the most of the block to cram in activities.Ms Latimore was keen to achieve a classic look for the home, with plenty of living and entertainment areas for the family.“We added a barbecue area and one of the other things we did was we extended the main bedroom by using part of the balcony because it was a very long balcony area,” she said.Her favourite areas of the home are the barbecue area and also the kitchen.“I like that from the barbecue area you can see both yards and the tennis court,” she said.“We have had a lot of parties in that area.”She also enjoyed the finished of the clean and classic Hamptons style look of the black and white kitchen. Perfect for large family gatherings. Upmarket hotel styling in the master bedroom.This level also houses the main bedroom which has an ensuite and there is a private living room as part of the master suite.There are another three bedrooms on this level all of which are serviced by a second family bathroom.The home is airconditioned and has an alarm system. What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht? All the hard work has been done on this property already.The original farmhouse on this property has been transformed into a family fun house renovated in Hamptons style.It started life as the farm house of the Watercress Farm Estate, but 9 Watercress Place has been transformed.Owner Mika Murakami Latimore bought the house in 2011. Its previous owners had renovated it, but Ms Latimore decided to set out on a major renovation project in 2012 which took two years to complete.“We renovated it before moving in, so we didn’t move in until 2014,” Ms Latimore said.“I could have renovated it in an Australian contemporary way, but I chose to do a Hamptons style.” Queenslander and art collection up for grabs Perfect spot to spend an afternoon.The home is on a large 2545sq m block which has a full-size tennis court, swimming pool, spa and playground.The 18-month renovation project was designed by dm2 Architecture. The outdoor living and entertainment areas were designed by Boss Gardenscapes and was selected as a finalist in the Landscape Queensland Residential Construction Awards in 2016.The outdoor area includes a teppanyaki grill and pizza oven with all external living areas undercover.There is also an outdoor fireplace and ceiling fans, which make the area suitable for use year around.center_img FOLLOW COURIERMAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK Troy Cassar-Daley’s ready to let go Picture perfect in Brisbane.Inside the home on the ground level are two large bedrooms, both with built-in-robes. There is also a laundry on this level as well as a bathroom, study, a secondary kitchen and separate living areas.On the upper level is the open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area which leads out onto a deck through glass sliding doorsThere are double ovens in the kitchen, an induction cooktop and a walk-in Butler’s pantry.There are antique black granite benchtops and the white cabinets as well as a Calcutta Borgini marble island bench. This kitchen is classic Hamptons style. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The property has its own tennis court. Property ticks boxes for richest female CEOlast_img read more

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Rose M. “Maggie” Voegele

first_imgRose M. “Maggie” Voegele, age 88 of Batesville, died Monday, December 3, 2018 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Born April 2, 1930 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Rose (Nee: Lampe) and Jacob Telles.  She married Daniel Voegele Sr. November 25, 1954 at St. Louis Church and he preceded her in death June 19, 1981.  Maggie worked in housekeeping 30 years at the priest house for St. Louis Church before retiring in 2009.She is survived by daughters and son-in-laws Terri and Jeff Litmer, Marilyn and Scott Manlove, Susie and Mike Burkhart, all of Batesville; sons and daughter-in-law Dan and Dawn Voegele Jr. of Indianapolis, Pat Voegele of Batesville; sister Carolyn Robinson of Indianapolis; brothers Fran Telles of Batesville, Jim Telles of Cincinnati; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by five sisters, two brothers, granddaughter Rachel Wamsley and daughter-in-law Lynda Voegele.Visitation is Thursday, December 6th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 7th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to St. Louis School.last_img read more

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump delivers his third State of the Union address

first_imgTrump impeachment trial live updates: Closing arguments ahead of acquittal vote President Donald Trump is set to deliver his third official State of the Union address to the nation from the US Capitol, the night before the Senate is scheduled to give its verdict on his impeachment trial.last_img

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