Woman alleges assault by hotel masseur

first_imgHomeBad BehaviorWoman alleges assault by hotel masseur Dec. 11, 2019 at 6:00 amBad BehaviorFeaturedNewsWoman alleges assault by hotel masseurMadeleine Pauker2 years agoChristina Millscolumbia sussexcrimejw marriott le merigotsexual assaultsmpd A woman has come forward with allegations that she was sexually assaulted at a hotel spa, mirroring claims in a lawsuit against the hotel that its general manager refused to fire sexual predators.The woman, who spoke with the Daily Press on the condition of anonymity, told police that she was sexually assaulted in January 2018 by her massage therapist at the spa inside the JW Marriott Le Merigot in Santa Monica. She came forward after the Daily Press reported on a lawsuit filed in September that alleges spa manager Christina Mills repeatedly asked the hotel’s general manager Damien Hirsch to fire staff members who allegedly sexually assaulted spa guests.The lawsuit claims that Hirsch ignored Mills’ recommendations and the employees allegedly continued to assault guests. The hotel fired Mills last November, despite praising her work in several performance reviews.The woman, who had patronized the spa once before, said she became uncomfortable when her massage therapist watched her get undressed. During the massage, she said, he touched her breasts and placed his erect, clothed penis on her hands. She said she left the room, told a receptionist she had been assaulted and ran out of the hotel.She reported the assault to the Santa Monica Police Department, which investigated the incident and referred it to the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office for filing. The City Attorney’s Office rejected the case due to insufficient evidence, said city spokesperson Constance Farrell.The woman said an SMPD detective told her that another spa guest had complained about the same massage therapist. The detective asked her to pick out the massage therapist from a lineup of photographs, but she was not completely sure that she could identify him and did not select a photograph.She also said Mills, the spa manager, reached out to her multiple times by email to find out what happened during her massage. She told Mills and Hirsch, the general manager, that she had a horrible experience and wanted her money back but did not reveal the details of the assault.She said she corresponded with the SMPD detective until July 2018, when he told her he was waiting on a review for charges against the massage therapist.“I never heard from him again,” she said. “I was trying to move on and put it out of my head. I was just hoping he would do it and I never followed up.”While Mills was employed at Le Merigot from September 2016 to November 2018, she repeatedly asked Hirsch for permission to fire spa employees whom guests said had inappropriately touched them, according to the lawsuit. Mills said she also told Hirsch and other top managers that the workers were allegedly misclassified as independent contractors.Mills said Hirsch refused to allow her to terminate the predatory employees because he was afraid the workers would sue them for classifying them as independent contractors rather than employees.Mills said she was fired after several months of reporting the assaults and alleged misclassification, even though Hirsch had written in performance reviews that Mills had addressed the spa’s problems and optimized its productivity, calling her “the absolute perfect fit for what needed to happen in this hotel.”Mills filed the lawsuit against Hirsch and Columbia Sussex, a hotel company that operates the JW Marriott Le Merigot. Mills seeks damages to cover lost past and future income and benefits in a sum to be determined at trial.Columbia Sussex declined to comment on the lawsuit. Hirsch could not be reached for [email protected] :Christina Millscolumbia sussexcrimejw marriott le merigotsexual assaultsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSan Francisco aims to rein in tests of tech ideas on streetsSecond man arrested for spraying bear repellent on anti-Trump protestersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

Xiaomi moves forward with IPO plan

first_img Related Previous ArticleUnited Capital to appeal 9mobile board annulmentNext ArticleTag Heuer unveils latest smartwatch AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 JAN 2018 Steve Costello Devices HomeDevicesNews Xiaomi moves forward with IPO plan Xiaomi is reported to have signed bankers to support an anticipated initial public offering (IPO) which could value the company at $100 billion.Bloomberg reported Xiaomi selected Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, with Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank also in the frame to play a role. The smartphone maker is also considering a China-based underwriter and is yet to decide on timings or locations of a listing.There is significant interest in a Xiaomi IPO after the company shrugged off a turgid 2016 to return to growth in 2017 – something it is understandably keen to highlight. Reports indicated the company is set to smash its annual target, with strong profitability.While a valuation of $100 billion was mooted, earlier reports put the figure at $50 billion.Despite its strong performance in 2017, the company does have a number of challenges to face, not least of which is that to grow its smartphone market share it will need to enter additional markets, which are already home to tough competition.While Xiaomi has done well to establish itself in markets including India, this was a long and complicated process and further international expansion will not come easy.The company also built up a strong hardware ecosystem by working with partners, which resulted in its Mi brand gaining ground in the consumer space. Bloomberg also cited Xiaomi’s strength in software as something which sets it apart from other Chinese vendors. Authorcenter_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more US backs down on Xiaomi row Xiaomi off the hook in the US Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruits Tags Xiaomilast_img read more

Model accuses Tencent of using her likeness without permission in Ring of Elysium

first_imgModel accuses Tencent of using her likeness without permission in Ring of Elysium”I feel like, in a way, people have been deceived, and that’s really, really not okay,” says Mei YanHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterMonday 28th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleTencentA Chinese-American model and YouTuber has called out Tencent for allegedly using her likeness in Ring of Elysium without permission. In a thread on Twitter, Mei Yan accused Tencent of stealing, photoshopping, and using her image for a character in its recently released battle royale game. Describing it as “weird and freaky”, Yan highlighted the facial, outfit, and even collarbone similarities between her original image and the character of Lynn from Ring of Elysium. The game trailer which apparently featured Lynn has since been removed from YouTube by Tencent. Additionally, an image shared by Yan of the in-game store show an unaltered version of her original photo as the character icon. Yan said she was hoping to raise some awareness about what was going on, having been alerted to this by one of her fans. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “If more people can know about this, I guess that’s all I can really ask for in this situation,” she told Kotaku. “People have been paying for this Adventurer Pass, and are therefore paying to have access to this skin. I feel like, in a way, people have been deceived, and that’s really, really not okay.”A moderator for the Ring of Elysium subreddit claimed to have been told that an “official investigation” is underway. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Recent for comment. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTencent in talks with US Committee to retain Epic and Riot stakesThe CFIUS is investigating whether user data handled by the two studios could constitute a “national security risk” because they are Chinese-ownedBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoTencent’s Timi Studios reportedly earned $10bn in 2020The Honor of Kings studio is the world’s biggest developer, Reuters reportedBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

More efficient govt the aim: Manuel

first_imgAvoiding replication “In several cases, ministers have to sit down together to work out who does what, what the relationships are, and how we account for what is delivered. In doing this, I want to assure this House that we will be guided by a spirit of cooperation and collective accountability.” In this way, the Presidency would avoid replicating the expertise which already existed in the country. However, he said there was still the need for capacity to commission research, synthesise the evidence, and be able to feed these into policy processes in government. “The task of the Presidency would be to ensure that the quality of planning by government departments, state-owned enterprises and provincial and local governments achieve a high standard, and that the quality of planning in these institutions continues to improve.” He said the government envisaged the creation of a nerve centre in the Presidency which would develop links with organisations such as the Development Bank of South Africa, Human Science and Research Council, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other science councils and universities to engage them on long-term developmental issues. Source: BuaNews Manuel explained that the document would outline the precise role and function of the two ministries, as well as the importance of a national strategic plan and vision that has the support and backing of the wider society, and called for patience while the government refined its systems, defined its roles and allocated responsibilities. The Presidency is expected to release two green papers inviting input on how South Africa’s new Planning Ministry and National Planning Commission should function. “This is particularly true in sectors such as spatial planning, energy, transport and water security, where long-term perspectives are important. This is critical for private sector investment too. The two major functions of the Planning Ministry are to coordinate the process in which the government develops its long-term vision and plan, as well as direct the process in which the Cabinet collectively agrees to the Medium Term Strategic Framework, which sets out the government’s priorities and informs resources. Coordinating long-term plans Manuel added that there was also a need in the government to encourage a more systematic approach to long-term planning and in state-owned enterprises.center_img The green papers will be presented to Parliament as a discussion document in the next month or so. “The purpose of these green papers is to provide all stakeholders with a sense of government’s thinking in this regard and provide them with an opportunity to input into the process of deciding how these functions will be performed,” he said. Addressing the National Assembly during the Presidency’s Budget Vote debate this week, National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said the processes would contribute towards refining the way in which the centre of government works. Ensuring quality “Investments in the mining sector require policy certainty and energy security in the energy sector. Land use planning and agricultural investment are intertwined,” he said. National strategic plan He said the ministry would not take over existing planning responsibilities from national, provincial and local departments and state-owned enterprises, or act as a “gatekeeper” from which other government institutions would have to seek clearance for their plans, explaining that this would only result in massive delays in implementation. 25 June 2009 “Rather, the Planning Ministry will seek to encourage, support and harness sectoral and sub-national strategic plan-making and initiatives and mainstream these within the national planning process,” he said. “The Planning Ministry has a key role to play in building the organisational and technical capability of the state to ensure government delivers on its policy commitments,” Manuel said.last_img read more

Facebook testing features that let Pages archive and share Stories

first_imgFacebook’s Stories Archive feature for Pages.Facebook is testing new ways for Pages to archive and share Stories. Marketing Land first became aware of the new features after social media consultant Matt Navarra Tweeted an image of them on Tuesday.“We’re always looking to bring more Stories features to Pages on Facebook, like Stories Archive and the ability for people to share a Page’s story. We will continue to learn and iterate as we test more features like these,” said a Facebook spokesperson in an email to Marketing Land.Why you should careThe new feature allowing Page Stories to be shared by other users could potentially expand the organic reach of a brand’s content beyond its followers.“As advertisers, News Feed posts and ads have had sharing abilities for years. Now, with Stories in the mix, having this popular new placement will be beneficial to us as our audiences will easily be able to share our content, thus, amplifying reach, visibility, and brand trust,” said Akvile DeFazio, president of the social media advertising agency AKvertise, “When people deem content share-worthy, it eases some of the heavy lifting we do as advertisers.”With the Stories archive feature, brands will be able access to their Stories after the 24-hour display period ends, an extra bonus that comes with many benefits.“Archiving this ephemeral content will prolong its shelf life, which will be helpful in keeping historical data, strategizing future posts based on past performance, and will give us the ability to repurpose content as we test it with new audiences.”The archive feature is listed under the Stories tab in a Page’s Publish Tools menu, and the ability to turn on sharing for Stories is under the “General” tab in the Page settings menu.More on the newsFacebook opened Stories to Pages more than a year ago, but the only rolled out Stories ads globally last September.In December, Facebook rolled out Stories to Groups globally, giving group admins controls to monitor the content and members contributing to the Stories.During Facebook’s earnings call for the second quarter of 2018, COO Sheryl Sandberg said the company would be investing in growing and promoting Stories, and that Facebook was very optimistic about monetizing its Stories content.The post Facebook testing features that let Pages archive and share Stories appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Facebook testing features that let Pages archive and share Stories Posted on 13th March 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingFacebook testing features that let Pages archive and share Stories Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Facebook testing features that let Pages archive and share StoriesYou are here:last_img read more

10 months agoLovren confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles

first_imgLovren confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s Invinciblesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDejan Lovren is confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003/04 unbeaten season.The Reds have gone 19 games without a single loss this season, but face a tough test against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Thursday night.Asked if Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003-04 invincible season, Lovren said: “There are always records to beat. Everything is possible when you believe and you work hard.”Of course, you need the luck to go your way also, but why not? It is a challenge for us and every player here.”Will it be possible? Let’s see at the end of the season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PM Announces 14,000 New BPO Jobs

first_img He made the disclosure during Thursday’s (July 13) second ‘HOPE for Jamaica’ town hall meeting, organised by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, at the old Goodyear factory complex in Morant Bay, St. Thomas. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that approximately 14,000 new business process outsourcing (BPO) jobs are expected to be created by the first quarter of 2018. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that approximately 14,000 new business process outsourcing (BPO) jobs are expected to be created by the first quarter of 2018.This, he noted, is in addition to 4,000 that were generated between April 2016 and March this year.He made the disclosure during Thursday’s (July 13) second ‘HOPE for Jamaica’ town hall meeting, organised by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, at the old Goodyear factory complex in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.Mr. Holness said 2,000 of the projected new jobs would result from the Port Authority of Jamaica’s development of new facilities in Montego Bay, with another 5,000 from BPO projects being undertaken by the Government in Portmore, St. Catherine.He indicated that the remaining 7,000 would be generated through programmed private-sector engagements.“This is no if, but or maybe… . These are verifiable statistics (and) those new jobs will be created,” the Prime Minister said.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness advised that the Government has received expressions of interest in the 80,000 square feet of BPO space that will be created in the new Morant Bay Urban Centre.Two BPO facilities that will employ 3,000 persons working on two shifts are being developed at the 365,000 square-foot centre, work on which is being spearheaded by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica at a cost of $4 billion.The centre, to be situated at the 25-acre property that housed the old Goodyear factory, has an expansion capacity for an additional 80,000 square feet to provide another 3,000 BPO jobs, all targeting mainly young people.Mr. Holness indicated that the Government had commenced promoting the facility, which resulted in the expressions of interest.He noted, however, that no formal arrangements have been established as “persons are going to want to see the space built first (and) do their investigations to see whether there is the actual population to provide the labour pool”.“I know, based on the high schools that you have and how this parish has improved in its literacy and educational performance, that you have that surplus labour here that could easily be absorbed into those BPO operations,” the Prime Minister said.The new urban centre is being developed to deliver key public- and private-sector services in what Mr. Holness described as an “orderly and more efficient” manner.He noted that the existing town centre “wasn’t planned for the level of activity that is (currently) there”.“People (who come) here and the people who live here would like to conduct their business in efficient, safe and secure circumstances,” he pointed out.The new centre will provide facilities to accommodate the municipal authority, law enforcement, justice, business and commerce, education and training, and general public service delivery.Work is slated to commence in December and be completed within two years.As a result of the new development, Mr. Holness said the Government will be taking steps to declare the old town centre as a heritage site. Mr. Holness said 2,000 of the projected new jobs would result from the Port Authority of Jamaica’s development of new facilities in Montego Bay, with another 5,000 from BPO projects being undertaken by the Government in Portmore, St. Catherine. Story Highlightslast_img read more

I never hit him upstairs I didnt hit him

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOn day three of suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau’s assault and sexual assault trial, the defence tried to paint an alternate version of events where the fallen Algonquin politician was the victim of an aggressive woman who didn’t want to him to leave her.The Gatineau, Que., trial, which resumes April 2, ended on the subject of the fake Mexican passports Brazeau’s alleged victim said she used to get into Canada along with her children in 2008. Brazeau’s lawyer Gerard Larocque told the court he would be contacting Immigration and Citizenship Canada on the subject after he put the alleged victim through detailed questioning about the forged documents.Larocque, however, spent most of Wednesday searching for weak-points in the woman’s version of events of that Feb. 7, 2013. He also methodically constructed an alternate scenario wherein it was the alleged victim who attacked Brazeau.Again, and again Larocque returned to the opening moments of the physical aspects of the incident which occurred on the third floor between a bathroom in the master bedroom, the master bedroom and on the landing above the stairs leading down to the second floor.Larocque played a video from the alleged victim’s interrogation by police. In it the woman said she heard Brazeau phone somebody, she didn’t know who, before the 911 call and while she was changing in the bathroom.The alleged victim said in the courtroom she could not recall Brazeau’s phone call, but acknowledged she mentioned it in the video.Larocque said the alleged victim was saying she forgot that call because an admission in the courtroom would have been favorable to Brazeau.“The moment he spoke on the phone, you were both in the bedroom. You hit Mr. Brazeau with your hand and with the bra and after that Mr. Brazeau got away from you, (he) grabbed the phone and said, ‘it’s finished,’” said Larocque.“Completely false,” she said.“I submit, you are realizing that when I say Mr. Brazeau called, from your point of view it wouldn’t be favorable the circumstances I present,” said Larocque.“I don’t understand,” she said.Quebec Judge Valmont Beaulieu then intervened and rephrased the question.“The fact you don’t remember, when it’s suggested you hit him, and your answer is you don’t remember, is it because it’s favorable to Brazeau?” said Beaulieu.“I never hit him upstairs, I didn’t hit him,” she said.Larocque then moved on, trying to poke holes in her recollection of that winter Thursday morning in 2013. He pressed her on what time she got up to make breakfast for the children in the house and what Brazeau was wearing when he came down to the kitchen to drive the children home to school. He also questioned her on whether Brazeau ironed his shirt and whether he was wearing a coat when he came back from dropping off the children.Crown prosecutor Sylvain Petiticlerc says Brazeau defence playing “little games”Then Larocque returned to the part about the master bedroom and how the woman claimed she ended up sitting, facing the bottom of the stairs with Brazeau behind her, demanding that she leave the house immediately. He managed to trap the alleged victim after he compared what she said on her first day of testimony about how a plant in a pot got knocked on the floor. The victim initially said she fell on the plant, but on Wednesday claimed she didn’t remember how the plant tumbled.The woman, however, stuck to her story that she fell on the floor sitting down after Brazeau pushed her out of the bedroom. She also repeated she didn’t know how the plant fell, only that it did in the tumult.“It’s not compatible with the manner in which you were pushed to fall on a plant in front of you,” said Larocque.“My body was leaning back because I was resisting his push forward,” she said.“So when he pushed you, you were leaning back?” said Larocque.“Some moments I was inclined to the front when he pushed forward and at other times leaning back,” she said.“But when you were pushed, there was no rotation?” he said.“All I know is that I fell on the first landing (at the top of the stairs), I don’t know about rotations,” she said.“I would suggest something simpler to explain your fall on the plant. When he wanted to leave the room you were preventing him from leaving, you were agitated. He was leaving and you didn’t’ want him to leave,” said Larocque.“That’s false,” she said.“You wanted to talk to him, you didn’t want to leave,” he said.“False,” she said.“You were in the doorframe, hanging onto the doorframe with hands (spread) like a cross,” said Larocque.“It’s false,” she said.After a couple more questions on the topic, Larocque switched to the forged Mexican passports, which the woman brought to the court and were submitted as evidence. He then went through the names and birthplaces in the passports, asking if she knew they were false.“You know it’s a crime (to use false passports)?” said Larocque.“I know that my life and the lives of my children were in danger,” she said.When asked later by reporters what he thought of Larocque’s line of questioning on the fake Mexican passport, Crown prosecutor Sylvain Petitclerc said the defence lawyer was playing “little games.”[email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Small businesses band together for Small Business Saturday

first_imgNEW YORK — Many small and independent retailers who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there’s strength in numbers.Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and what are called big box stores, has become an event in neighbourhoods, towns, even cities as retailers recognize they can draw more customers as a cohesive group than by offering discounts and promotions on their own.Mama Java Coffee, an online coffee retailer, is joining with seven other online businesses that cater to mothers to offer a joint discount. A shopper spending $40 at any of the companies on Small Business Saturday will get $10 off purchases at the other seven. Kim Roman, owner of Mama Java Coffee, says the group, which will market the event on Instagram and other social media, came up with the idea just a few weeks ago.“We were chatting about ways to be unique and help promote each other,” she says.Many communal Small Business Saturday events have grown to the point where they’re organized by local chambers of commerce and community business organizations that have big marketing budgets. About 200 indie retailers throughout Portland, Oregon, are banding together in a marketing effort called Shop Little Boxes that will run from Friday through Sunday. The stores are offering discounts, many of them 10 per cent, and shoppers get raffle ticket numbers for each visit and purchase they make. Shop Little Boxes has a smartphone app that shoppers can use to find participating stores and to register their raffle ticket numbers.Retailers say they do see sales blip up during Small Business Saturday, but their aim is also to remind shoppers that they are there year-round.The event in Henderson, Nevada, like many others, is aimed at fostering goodwill; Shop Small Henderson will be a five-hour block party with activities for children. Parents may not be able to do much shopping during such events, but owners say they do return to shop after the party is over.Landlords also sponsor Small Business Saturday events at their developments. Pier Village, a residential complex in Long Branch, New Jersey, has about 30 retail tenants, and many will be taking part in a communal Small Business Saturday event.Some of the events aim at giving craft makers and artisans a place to sell their creations; about a dozen craft makers will take part in a pop-up event at Broadway Market, a retail complex in Seattle. And some companies with surplus space are inviting small vendors to set up shop on their premises — in Elmhurst, Illinois, Brewpoint Coffee is hosting small retailers in its roastery._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Top brass from BJP Congress descend upon Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: With few days left for the political campaigning to end in Gurugram, top leaders from BJP and Congress have now begun to come here seeking votes for their candidates.On Wednesday Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar from BJP asked the electorate to vote for the candidate Rao Inderjit Singh who is seeking his fifth term as the member of parliament (MP). On the other hand, the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot sought votes for the Congress candidate Captain Ajay Singh who is the six-time MLA from Rewari and is fighting his first General elections. In the series of campaign, the first was held at Bhondsi area where the Chief Guest was Rajnath Sigh. At the rally, Singh emphasises that how the strong governance by the Modi government had propelled the economy of the country to a situation where it is now the fifth largest economy globally. He also assured votes that one more term to Modi government will ensure that the economy of the country will become the third largest by the year 2030.last_img read more