Redskins’ decision to claim Reuben Foster felt like a ‘slap in the face,’ ex-girlfriend says

first_img Written by December 6, 2018 /Sports News – National Redskins’ decision to claim Reuben Foster felt like a ‘slap in the face,’ ex-girlfriend says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMelissa Rawlins / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The ex-girlfriend of Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster described the deteriorating state of her on-and-off relationship with the NFL player that ultimately led to his release from the San Francisco 49ers last month.Elissa Ennis, 28, met Foster, 24, at the 2014 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, when he was still playing at the University of Alabama, and they began a long-distance relationship a couple of months later, she said.The two were so ingrained in each other’s lives that they had met each other’s families, Ennis said. While her family thought of Foster as a “nice” and “good-hearted person,” Ennis said, “behind closed doors, he’s not.”Neither Foster nor his representatives have responded to ABC News’ request for comment.The alleged domestic violence incident that ended Foster’s career in San Francisco happened last month, after Foster invited Ennis to Florida so they could work on their relationship, she said.The Tampa Police Department said on Nov. 24 they were called to the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the San Francisco 49ers were staying before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the next day, to investigate a domestic violence complaint.A heated argument with Ennis allegedly escalated into a physical confrontation, in which Foster allegedly slapped Ennis’s “phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face,” according to a criminal report affidavit obtained by ABC News.Officers observed an inch-long scratch on the side of Ennis’s left collarbone and took Foster into custody, police said. He was later released on $2,000 bail.The fight began after Ennis told Foster, who was seeing other people at that point, that she was going to tell his new girlfriend that he paid for her flight to Florida, she told ABC News.Ennis said at the time she couldn’t believe what transpired during the confrontation, especially since they were “off” at the time and she’d traveled to Florida in an attempt to improve the relationship.“We both were seein’ therapists and stuff, tryin’ to work on our relationship,” she said. “So I was like, ‘I can’t believe you — you’re back to doin’ this.’”Ennis said she sustained a concussion from the slap from Foster, a 6-foot-1, 280-pound linebacker.The 49ers released Foster after the incident. He was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2017.Foster had gotten physical with her three times before, she said. Twice she called police, and another time — in October — the neighbors called, she said.Ennis and Foster had previously lived together and were involved in an on-and-off relationship for several years, Tampa police said.In February, Foster was arrested at his home in Los Gatos, California, near San Jose, on the suspicion that he battered Ennis, who initially told police that he hit her at least 10 times, dragged her out of the house, threw her on the ground, spit on her, broke her phone and threw their bulldog on her, according to the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department.Ennis later told a judge during a court hearing that she concocted the story in an attempt to ruin Foster’s career as part of a “money scheme” to try to “sue him on [her] own,” and the domestic violence charges were dismissed. Foster did plead no contest to a weapons charge, which had been reduced to a misdemeanor, and he was sentenced to 232 hours of community service and was placed on two years of probation and barred from possessing any guns or ammunition.When asked why she decided to recant her story, Ennis said, “Because I loved him, and love will have you doin’ things that’s not in your best interests.”She later added, “I did what I had to do for the person I love. I thought that he would change.” Ennis’s family advised her not to recant her story, she said.The February incident also began as an argument that turned physical, Ennis said. The two were living together at the time, and Ennis said Foster began throwing her clothes off the balcony. He then allegedly dragged her down the stairs, punched her in the face and kicked her, Ennis said.During the alleged altercation, Ennis said she asked Foster how he would feel if someone were treating his mother or sister in a physical manner.The team didn’t cut Foster after the February incident because they were aware that Ennis was going to recant her story, she said, adding that she now regrets that decision.At the time, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team had a zero-tolerance domestic violence policy, but he was welcomed back to the team after he was cleared of the charges.The Washington Redskins claimed the rights to Foster two days after he was released by the 49ers, a move that felt like another “slap in the face,” Ennis said.At the time, Doug Williams, senior vice president of player personnel, wrote in a statement on Twitter that the team “fully” understood “the severity of the recent allegations” against Foster and that, “if true,” the allegations are “nothing” the organization “would ever condone.”Ennis said that she’s now realized, after receiving professional help, that her relationship with Foster was not love and that she’s working on getting closure.“Like, everything I thought was love is really not love,” she said. “It’s not.”Ennis’ attorney, Adante Pointer, said she has been “tormented throughout this relationship,” adding that there are pending criminal charges against Foster at this time in Florida.In a statement, the NFL said Foster will not be able to practice, play or attend games while the matter is under review.“Mr. Foster was released by the 49ers and subsequently signed by the Washington Redskins. The NFL immediately placed him on the Commissioner Exempt list and he will not be able to practice, play or attend games while we review the matter. Upon hearing of the incident, we immediately begin an investigation that will be thorough and comprehensive to understand the facts of the matter,” the NFL statement read. “If the league finds there was a violation of its personal conduct policy, Mr. Foster will be subject to discipline even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction.”The president of the Washington Redskins told ABC News that the team did it’s own investigation, adding that law enforcement needs to hear from both sides and see how this plays out.The San Francisco 49ers declined to comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

USA: NASWI Celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

first_img View post tag: News by topic USA: NASWI Celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day View post tag: NASWI Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NASWI Celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day View post tag: Navy U.S. Navy Sailors, families and friends at U.S. Naval Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) celebrated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the base chapel, Jan. 18. More than 60 people gathered to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday.Cmdr. J. Michael Hakanson, NASWI’s command chaplain, thought having the celebration at the base chapel was only fitting because churches were where much of the civil rights movement started. “Much of the groundwork for what was done, the massing of huge groups of people, it was done in churches, done in congregations,” said Hakanson. “Nowadays, our celebrations come across as more of a church service, and that’s OK. You cannot extract that history from what made our freedom what it is today.” Pastor Fannie Dean, from Oak Harbor’s Mission Ministry Outreach, and the Unity Choir, made up from a number of local churches, attended the event. “I believe Dr. King was a religious person,” said Dean. “He gave his life saving us. Where else would we have it if not the chapel?”According to Senior Chief Religious Program Specialist Gilbert G. Dominguez, the celebration could not have gone any better than it did. “I was really excited to have the turnout that we did. Pastor Dean is somewhat of a pioneer here in Oak Harbor,” said Dominguez. “She does a lot for the community and is a recognized leader here in the city.”This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 23, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: day View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval View post tag: Luther Share this article View post tag: Martin Training & Education View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Dr January 23, 2013 View post tag: King View post tag: Jr. View post tag: Revlast_img read more

Bakery fined on contamination

first_imgA NORFOLK bakery has been fined a total of £2,000 after a contaminated bread roll was delivered to a canteen at Norwich City Hall – headquarters of Norwich Environmental Health Department.Ian Watkins of the Cottage Loaf Bakery, Hopton, near Yar-mouth, admitted selling sub-standard food when he appeared before Norwich magistrates. The bakery had previously been warned over hygiene and served with an improvement notice. In mitigation, it was said that the bakery’s hygiene systems had now been upgraded.Mr Watkins was fined £700 with £1,300 costs.last_img

Natural Taste

first_imgNightmares with planning permission, finding out the machinery you’ve bought is completely unsuitable for your purpose, delays with getting the packaging and design sorted, a complete lack of government grants available and banks with a stonewall approach to funding new businesses… newly-formed Taste Essential was unfortunate to fall foul of all the above after acquiring its production site in June last year. “It hasn’t been easy,” admits the firm’s undaunted director Tim Latham Taylor. “The last time I set up a business it wasn’t as hard as this. Banks don’t support new businesses and suppliers could be more helpful.”Some ingredients suppliers are over-cautious and he urges them to offer account facilities for new businesses. “Every new business has to pay cash on delivery or pro forma, and that puts you in hardship before you start.”But now the dust has settled, Taste has picked up five UK distributors, giving national coverage. “We have a sound business plan; foodservice suppliers have to shop around – they get their Danish pastries from one company, gateaux from another and muffins from another. We supply everything.”Officially launched in January, Taste Essential’s focus is on natural ingredients. “It’s frustrating competing just on price. There’s a better market out there than that. We use natural ingredients, and we only use natural or nature-identical flavourings. If it’s a chocolate muffin, for example, we’ll only use Barry Callebaut chocolate.”The next step will be rolling out half a dozen high-footfall cafés with 3,000sq ft or above units, supplied from the central bakery. The first outlet should open early next year, selling ground coffee and freshly squeezed juices, sandwiches and cakes. “We’re trialling our products in the market to see what sells and to see what’s slow. I’m taking a bit of Costa, a bit of Starbucks, putting it together with my own concepts and giving it a twist,” he says. n—-=== The pros and cons ===Biggest challenge:I’m used to working with more sophisticated machinery, working in senior management for a larger company where it’s a privilege to be able to put a recipe together and let the production manager get on with it. I can’t do that here, and that was a bit of a shock. You have to adapt that recipe to your environment, and that took me some time.Unique selling pointThere are a lot of interesting ingredients in Europe, such as orange fillings, vanillas and caramels, that not many of our competitors in this market are using. So I’ll be bringing those in and making something slightly different. Europe will have a heavy influence on our products, such as croissants with natural raspberry fruit filling.—-=== Going it alone ===The firm: Leicester-based Taste Essential (Europe)The brief: To create a foodservice cake bakery brand with a focus on using natural ingredients, supplying pallet quantities and above. A chain of branded café outlets will followSuppliers: Barry Callebaut, Macphie, Rank HovisStaff: six, including two directorsFinance: £200,000 self-financed, mostly spent on a manufacturing facility and machinery, with £50,000 going to brand development, packaging and labellingBackground: NPD and sales director Tim Latham Taylor sold his chain of four hot bread shops 10 years ago to Greggs.Since then he has worked as a consultant, for a coffee chain, for a fairy cake company and, finally, in senior management at Leicester’s Blackfriars BakeryWebsite: []last_img read more

Service honors 9/11 victims and families

first_imgRosie LoVoi | The Observer American flags adorn South Quad as student, faculty and community members gather for a candle-lit prayer service and Grotto procession led by Fr. Malloy, Notre Dame’s president during 9/11.After Malloy welcomed attendees to the service, a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) color guard presented the American flag, before members of the Notre Dame Marching Band played the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Taps.” The music was followed by a moment of silence for the victims. Malloy then offered a prayer for the deceased, their family members and first responders. He also offered thanksgiving for the worldwide outpouring of support following the attacks. He prayed that no such calamity ever comes to pass again.“I was in my office in the Main Buidling when the first plane hit and my assistant alerted me to that reality,” Malloy said. “And then, like most Americans and people all over the world, we watched everything as it unfolded, almost live. What I remember the most was the sense of uncertainty. ‘When would this all end?’ and ‘Were all of us at risk?’”Eventually, Malloy said, administrators reached a decision to have a Mass, as “we always do during crisis or celebration.” The Mass took place at the same place beneath the flagpole on South Quad. A sign of the tension following the attacks, ambulances were summoned to “prepare for whatever might happen,” Malloy said.The Mass itself, Malloy said, was a show of the community’s solidarity.“The Muslim Student Association was off to the side because we wanted them to know they were part of our community and they were welcome here,” Malloy said.Before the Mass, Malloy said he remembered walking around the lakes contemplating what he could say that would be “appropriate for this horrifying occasion.” He thought of the statue of Jesus in front of the Dome and its open arms.“When the time came for the Lord’s Prayer, instead of holding hands, the ten thousand people who were there yoked arms like we do at the alma mater,” Malloy said. “It provided a great sense of solidarity, and comfort, and mutual support.”At the Mass’s conclusion, there was a feeling that no one wanted to leave, Malloy said.“We felt when we were together we were stronger than we were simply speculating somewhere apart,” he said.Malloy described the scene at the first home football game — against Michigan State — following the catastrophe. He offered a prayer on national television and American flags were distributed. At halftime, the Notre Dame and Michigan State marching bands came together and played “Amazing Grace.”Malloy travelled to New York as a guest of the police and fire departments to survey the damage. He spent two days at Ground Zero watching first responders “put their lives at risk” trying to recover bodies. He also brought an ambulance from the South Bend area to give to St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, which had lost an ambulance and attendants in the attacks.Ten years after the attack, another Mass was held between the library and the stadium.“We would have a procession from the Mass to the Grotto. I expected maybe 20 or 30 or people would go after the long period of time we had spent together,” Malloy said. “The procession lasted for a couple of hours as people brought their candles to the Grotto. And so we tonight do the same thing; a beautiful expression of faith, hope and of support. It’s one of the ways that your generation can relate to that generation that suffered these horrible events.”Malloy said that Sept. 11, 2001 was his most memorable day at the University.“Of all the things I did as president, it was the most memorable day in my time at Notre Dame,” Malloy said.Following the conclusion of Malloy’s reflection, the assembled crowd processed in silence to the Grotto to close out the service.As Malloy stated, most current Notre Dame students are too young to remember the events of that late summer day in 2001. Nevertheless, many students said they attended the memorial service as a way to reflect on the past.“The service is a nice thing on 9/11,” sophomore Bridget Ralph said. “I wanted to remember and reflect in some way.”Junior Keenan White, student government’s director of faith and service, did most of the planning for the event. She said that preserving past traditions was a key priority.“We did a lot of research about what was done in the past,” White said. “A lot of the same things were done and at the last prayer service. So just speaking to priests and various people who’d been there, reading old Observer articles, just to make sure that we were kind of following that same framework just for tradition’s sake.”White, a South Bend native, said there was a particular emphasis on emulating the 10th anniversary service that Malloy described.“My mom and I went for a run past the Grotto and they were having that procession past the Grotto and like Fr. Malloy said it lasted hours,” Malloy said. “It was thousands of people. We backtracked the way they were coming. It went from the Grotto to the library. We tried particularly to emulate that element of it.”White said that Malloy’s presence made the event even more special.“Fr. Malloy had celebrated the first Mass when he was president and the 10th anniversary,” White said. “It was important to have him there. He does that beautiful reflection, especially about going to New York, brining the ambulance. It was really important to me to have Fr. Malloy presiding.”White ended by describing the meaning of putting on such an event.“It’s a big day for our nation to remember in the first place, but we have such a large population of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut kids here at Notre Dame who remember because they have friends and family members whose lives were lost,” she said. “So I think it’s really important that we continue celebrating this even when we no longer have students who can remember it themselves.”Tags: 9/11, Flagpole, Grotto On Monday night, community members gathered on South Quad for a memorial service honoring all of those who died in the 9/11 attacks. The service, held on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attack, took place under the flagpole and began at the symbolic time of 8:46 p.m., 12 hours after the first plane hit the Twin Towers in New York City in 2001. Former University President Fr. Edward Malloy, who was Notre Dame’s president at the time of the attacks, led the service.“This service will help us remember those who died and their surviving family members,” he said.last_img read more

8th Patchogue Folk Festival Features Folk Legends & New Stars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Ellie Schoeffel Update: The Patchogue Folk Festival has been cancelled.Featuring folk legend John Sebastian, Long Island natives Claudia Jacobs and Cassandra House, and many more, the 8th Annual Patchogue Folk Fest once again unleashes an extraordinary ensemble of soulful, inspiring folk music upon all those in attendance.John Sebastian’s group Lovin Spoonful spearheaded the ’60s rock revolution with hits including “Do You Believe in Magic?” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” in the midst of Beatlemania. After leaving the group, he continued to gain fame with performances at Woodstock, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the acclaimed releases of solo singles including “Welcome Back.”Joining him is Long Island’s favorite soul singer Claudia Jacobs, known for her no-holds barred gutsy hope-inspired music, ranging from Blues, Country, Jazz, R&B, and Rock styles. Jacobs is scheduled to release another album in 2017 which addresses hope and cultural struggle.LI singer/songwriter Cassandra House rounds out the all-star lineup with her soulful raw renditions of original songs. Her newest hits include “Little Flower” and “Giving Up the Gun.”The Patchogue Theatre has also stated that “in keeping with festival tradition there will be a free live lobby show,” demonstrating the sense of continuity and vibrancy the festival continues to maintain. Lobby performers will include Don Bracken, The Como Brothers, Inda Eaton, Mick Hargreaves, Deanna Kinkead and many more.The 8th Patchogue Folk Fest will be happening at Patchogue Theatre for Performing Arts, 71 East Main Street in Patchogue. For more information, visit Ticket prices range from $40-$55. Performances start at 8 p.m. March 25.last_img read more

SUV crashes into school bus on Colesville Road, no injuries reported

first_imgThey say the children on the bus were put onto a different school bus after the crash. The bus that was rear-ended remained operational after the crash. The school district was notified of the crash. 5:08 P.M. UPDATE: 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. —– HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — State Police say 14 children were on a Harpursville Central School District bus when an SUV rear-ended it around 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — New York State Police are at the scene of a car vs school bus crash at 2091 Colesville Rd. in Harpursville. Colesville Ambulance was called to the incident. Police say no one was injured in the ordeal but the driver of the SUV will be ticketed. As of 4 p.m, dispatchers were unable to tell 12 News if there were reports of injuries. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates.last_img read more

Trump consults faith leaders on phased-in reopening

first_imgTrump held a call with faith leaders one day after his White House included houses of worship among “large venues” that could be able to reopen while observing “strict physical distancing protocols” in the first stage of a three-part plan to reopen the U.S. economy, which has been frozen by the toll of the highly contagious virus. NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is bringing faith leaders into a discussion about a phased-in return to broader in-person worship after weeks of religious services largely shifting online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. last_img

Indonesia charges recruiters over sailor’s torture killing

first_imgPolice in Indonesia have charged three recruiting agency bosses over the torture death of an Indonesian crew member found in a freezer aboard a Chinese fishing vessel, an official said Tuesday.It comes a week after a Chinese supervisor on the Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 was charged with killing 20-year-old Hasan Apriadi and assaulting other Indonesian crew working on the ship.The recruiters ran two agencies that hired Apriadi and at least nine others to work on the Chinese boat, police said. “The three suspects have been detained and charged under human trafficking laws,” said national police spokesman Awi Setiyono, adding that a search was under way for two other senior company officials still at large.The trio also face charges that they knowingly put the crew members at risk, police said.Anti-trafficking experts say the fishing industry is riddled with forced labor and exploited workers can face non-payment, overwork, violence and death.Southeast Asia is a major source of such labor and unscrupulous recruiters target the poor and uneducated with promises of good wages at sea. Earlier this month police said they intercepted two Argentina-bound Chinese boats in the Malacca Strait, which separates Indonesia and Malaysia, after receiving information that a crew member had died aboard one of the vessels.They later found Apriadi’s frozen body aboard the Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118.After interrogating dozens of crew members from China, Indonesia and the Philippines, police charged Chinese national Song Chuanyun with the killing. Citing witness statements, authorities said Song had forced the victim to work despite being ill. He later allegedly tortured the Indonesian and denied him food or water for several days before he died in late June.Song will be tried in Indonesia, while the other crew members have since been released into the custody of their respective embassies, said Riau province police spokesman Harry Golden Hart.In June, two Indonesian crew members jumped off a different Chinese boat to escape what they described as abuse and horrific conditions.A month earlier, three dead Indonesian crew members were thrown off a Chinese-flagged vessel into the sea.Jakarta later said it was told that the men had died of illness, while Beijing described the sea burials as being in line with international law.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Launches Network of Care Site for Veterans, Active Military and their Families

first_imgGovernor Wolf Launches Network of Care Site for Veterans, Active Military and their Families November 10, 2016 Human Services,  Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli and Secretary of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas to announce the launch of the Network of Care site for veterans, military members and their families, which seeks to centralize services and benefits available to them.“I am proud to be here to announce the creation of a valuable new service that seeks to enhance and improve our outreach to Pennsylvania veterans, service members and their families,” Governor Wolf said. “The Pennsylvania Network of Care will streamline information about support and resources together in one place for our veterans. It will significantly reduce the confusion and complexity faced by our brave men and women and their families when looking for the services that they have earned by making the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. And it ensures that they have access to the support they need when returning home from duty.”The Pennsylvania Network of Care provides information that is accessible by computer or mobile device and can be accessed by visiting and selecting Pennsylvania and a county. The website allows veterans to find services in all 67 counties.The Network of Care is a highly interactive, locally based Web portal that can be used by service members; military families, veterans, and those who support them (such as community-based organizations and local and state governments) to quickly access a wide variety of important information relating to local, state and national social services.A sample of the comprehensive, local information that will be provided for each county in Pennsylvania includes:Crisis intervention and emergency services;All services by category and location, regardless of how they are funded;A state-of-the-art Library of all conditions, injuries, medications, treatments, assistive devices, assessment tools and online recovery programs;A remarkable Job Board that can drill down to jobs by category that are reserved for veterans in a given county;Peer support and advocacy;Social networking;News from all over the country, updated daily;Personal Health Records;Community Calendars;More than 80 language translations.The Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their Families is provided in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors; the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors; Mental Health America, and many others. It was developed in cooperation with the National Association of Counties. At the state level, the Network of Care is coordinated and funded by the Department of Human Services.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more