Mavs owner Mark Cuban donates $10M after workplace probe

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Mavs owner Mark Cuban donates $10M after workplace probe

first_imgLATEST STORIES The report was made public some seven months after Sports Illustrated detailed years of examples of a hostile workplace for women on the business side of the team.Anne Milgram, one of the lead investigators and former attorney general in New Jersey, said Cuban didn’t know many details of allegations because he was rarely in the club’s business office. It is housed away from the home arena and basketball operations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut when some issues were brought to Cuban’s attention, he erred by not acting swiftly, the report said.In one case, a successful ticket salesman wasn’t fired after surveillance video showed a used condom slipping out of his pants. Years earlier, Cuban had been told pornography was found on the employee’s computer, and Cuban warned him that he would be fired it happened again. When told about the condom, Cuban was not aware of any further issues with pornography on the computer and wrote to Ussery, “Don’t make a bigger issue out of it than it is.” The employee wasn’t fired until three years later after other issues came up, including with a new female employee.In another case, Cuban didn’t fire team website reporter Earl Sneed after learning of a second domestic violence allegation against him. The accuser was another Mavericks employee. Sneed was fired after the SI report.“Once those decisions came to him, we found that it was incumbent upon him to get the full information in every decision he made and to get accurate picture of people’s conduct and their misconduct,” Milgram said. “It comes back to the question of you can’t be half in and half out on disciplinary decisions.”Cuban declined to comment after the release of the reports. The findings were presented at a news conference with Milgram and Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall, who was hired by Cuban within days of the SI report. Marshall made a statement but didn’t take questions.The NBA said it is requiring the Mavericks to submit quarterly reports on implementing the recommendations in the report. Under Marshall, the Mavericks have already done many of them, including hiring women and minorities in leadership positions, establishing formal reporting and investigative protocols for misconduct allegations and adding anonymous employee surveys on workplace culture.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated.”The investigative report detailed cases of 15 women who alleged various forms of harassment by Ussery, including inappropriate comments, unwanted touching and forcible kissing. Ussery acknowledged some parts of the accounts but denied the more serious claims. Ussery’s denials lacked credibility, according to the report.The NBA largely deferred to the investigation, which included interviews with 215 current and former Mavericks employees and the review of 1.6 million documents.An advisory group that will include Cuban, Marshall and league representatives will determine where the $10 million will go. It is to be earmarked for groups committed the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence. By rule, the maximum fine allowed by the NBA is $2.5 million.When the SI report came out, Ussery was three years removed from his time with the Mavericks. He had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association and was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern. Ussery left the Mavericks for the sports shoes and clothing company Under Armour but was gone from that job in less than six months.The investigation was clearly embarrassing to Cuban. At a news conference announcing Marshall’s hiring in February, the normally outspoken star of the TV show “Shark Tank” conceded he could not explain to fans how such a hands-on owner could be unaware of such explosive allegations on the business side of his operation.After the incident, the NBA said it reviewed its policies and procedures related to respect in the workplace, and required all NBA teams to do the same. The league also established a confidential hotline for team and league employees to report workplace misconduct.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In tis Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands on stage before an NBA basketball press conference in Dallas. Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to women’s causes and domestic violence awareness as part of the NBA’s investigation into workplace conditions with his franchise. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation released Wednesday substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years.Investigators hired by the outspoken billionaire said there was no evidence to show Cuban knew of the most explosive allegations involving former team president Terdema Ussery. But the report faulted Cuban for not firing two employees when there were clear signs he should have.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UFC’s Jones suspended 15 months by USADA; can return in fall Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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Amazing leaders and carers honoured by Donegal Centre for Independent Living

first_imgInspirational local leaders and carers had a lot to celebrate at the Donegal Centre for Independent Living Christmas party and awards night on Thursday.The event honoured all the people who make the organisation a truly special community.The DCIL is also marking its 20th anniversary this year, having started from humble beginnings to become one of Donegal’s largest service providers for people with disabilities. This year’s awards night saw Christopher McBrearty being honoured as Leader of the Year.A leader of the year is someone who shows great direction to their personal assistance and is a great example of living independently, having choice in their own lives and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.Eileen Mc Kechime was also commended as the runner up for the leadership award.Leader of the year Christopher Mc Brearty pictured with DCIL CEO Rosaleen Bradley. David Faughnan PhotographyEileen Mc Kechime Runner Up pictured with her PA Georgina Montgomery. David Faughnan Photography 2PA of the Year 2019 went to Carmel Boyce, with Chris Frize named as the runner-up. PA of the Year 2019 Carmel Boyce pictured with CEO Rosaleen Bradley and DCIL Chairperson Cath Waugh and friends. David Faughnan photographyPA of the Year Runner Up Chris Frize, pictured with CEO Rosaleen Bradley and DCIL Chairperson Cath WaughDavid Faughnan photography2019 Special Recognition Awards were presented to Breda Mc Closky, Kevin Reilly, Vicky Mathews and Annemarie Mc Brearty for their outstanding contributions and dedication over the past year.2019 Special Recognition Award winner Breda McClosky. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Kevin Reilly. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Vicky Matthews. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Annemarie Mc Brearty. David Faughnan PhotographyAmazing leaders and carers honoured by Donegal Centre for Independent Living was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Centre for Independent Livinglast_img read more

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Sihle Ndaba Launches Foundation

first_imgThursday, 25 October 2018Local television star and BrandSA Play Your Part  Ambassador Sihle Ndaba popularly known as ‘Smangele’ from the hit television telenovela Uzalo, is set to launch her foundation on Friday 26 October 2018 at her hometown Kwandisamfuyo Primary School in Ermelo. Growing up with a single parent and not having the most favourable upbringing inspired Sihle Ndaba to set out and make a real difference in the lives of many young South Africans. The Sihle Ndaba Foundation with the assistance of various partners and donors will focus its efforts on education at elementary.“I have been very privileged to have a hard-working mother who made sure that I didn’t go to bed hungry, and that I went to the best schools she could afford. Many children grow up in child-headed households, with not a lot of resources and I want to use my platform to make a significant difference. We’re starting small with a few donations but I ultimately want the Sihle Ndaba Foundation to touch as many lives as possible.” says Sihle Ndaba.As part of the launch, The Sihle Ndaba Foundation with the assistance of various sponsors including Ntenga Foundation, West Street Inn Ermelo & Pick n Pay Ermelo will donate 100 pairs of school shoes to students at Kwandisamfuyo Primary School. There will be an address by Sihle Ndaba detailing what the foundation aims to achieve, this will be followed by a few words from other invited guests including the principal. The festivities will end with some light refreshments and “The Wall of Possibilities” activity where children will leave their handprints.For more information about the launch event or The Sihle Ndaba Foundation please email sihlendabafoundation@gmail.com.last_img read more

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No HC relief for owners of polluting brick kilns

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected a plea for protection to brick kiln owners who had failed to switch to the newly mandated emissions technology across the State.The Punjab government had issued orders directing that all brick kiln owners convert their polluting units to new norms by September 30, beyond which no conventional brick kilns would be allowed to operate.Several brick kiln owners had approached the court against the State government’s orders, but in their resumed hearing on Thursday, a Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajeev Sharma and Justice H.S. Sidhu refused to grant any relief to them.CPCB guidelinesIn the previous hearing on October 1, Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda had placed before the court details of the State government’s orders and directives, arguing that these were in compliance with the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board, various circulars of the Punjab Pollution Control Board as well as orders passed by the National Green Tribunal dated January 22, 2019.According to the State government’s orders, brick kilns found continuing to operate without converting to the new technology will be required to pay compensation on the ‘polluter pays’ principle, amounting to ₹25,000 per month for a kiln with a capacity of more than 30,000 bricks per day and ₹20,000 per month for kilns with a capacity of less than 30,000 bricks per day.In their petition, brick kiln owners stated that they were in the process of converting to the new technology but it was taking time due to lack of trained persons..last_img read more

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John Kerry Traces Modern Political Climate Back to Attacks Against Him in

first_img Listen 00:00 /14:06 John Kerry says, during the 2004 presidential election, the political attacks that called into question elements of his service in Vietnam helped usher in the era of political polarization we now face.The former Secretary of State, longtime Senator from Massachusetts, and former Democratic presidential nominee writes about those attacks, our current state of national divide, and other memories from his life in his new book, Every Day Is Extra.In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty such smear tactics only serve to further alienate Americans who sit on different sides of the political spectrum.“I think it takes away from the ability of people to build consensus around facts themselves,” Kerry said. “It makes politics all about attack and destruction…it’s not good for our democracy.”The book takes its title from a saying Kerry and his fellow service members had in Vietnam regarding how lucky there were to survive each day and about the great fortune of those who were lucky enough to make it home alive.“It’s a reflection of a gift, and an obligation – a sense of responsibility to live a life of purpose,” Kerry said.His views on the Vietnam War differed greatly from those of the late former Sen. John McCain, who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Kerry protested the war after his return from service.Despite those differences, Kerry writes about the unlikely friendship the two forged later in life – so much so that, eventually, the two visited together the prison cell in Vietnam where McCain was held captive.J. Scott Applewhite/APThe late Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State John Kerry speak in the House of Representatives in 2014. In his new memoir, Kerry says the two eventually forged a friendship despite their differences on the Vietnam War and other issues.Kerry says that experience cemented his belief in the potential for compromise – to the point that he even briefly considered choosing McCain as his running mate in 2004.“To stand in the very cell with John, when we had come from this place of disagreement, but we had formed a friendship and were finding common ground…then anybody can come together,” he said.“Then you can find a way – Democrat, Republican, liberal, or conservative – whoever you are you can work through these things. You’ve got to listen to other people. And you’ve got to not just believe you have the only way of doing something and find a way to compromise, which is the essence of democracy.”When asked if he would ever consider another run for political office, Kerry said he’s not thinking about that now. Instead, he says he’s focusing on driving voter turnout for the 2018 midterm elections.Kerry will speak Saturday, Sept. 29, at an event for The Progressive Forum at Houston’s Congregation Emanu El, located at 1500 Sunset Blvd. Share Alex Brandon/AP John Kerry, former Senator, Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

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