Four Barrel sexual harassment allegations spook some customers and employees

first_img 0% On Friday afternoon a pall had been cast over Four Barrel Coffee, where employees and customers expressed varying degrees of disappointment and wariness upon hearing that former employees of the coffee roaster had accused its founder of sexual assault.The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the story Friday afternoon. The lawsuit, filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Four Barrel’s owner, Jeremy Tooker, assaulted a female employee in a hotel room and forcibly kissed and touched others without consent. The lawsuit’s allegations, described by the Chronicle, also depict a company whose leadership took little action when employees raised concerns about Tooker. One of the women was fired after raising Tooker’s conduct with her manager. According to the Chronicle, eight women came forward with allegations in the lawsuit, though only two — Megan Kepnach and Karley Webb — are named as the plaintiffs. They seek an unspecified amount in damages. “The article does a very good job of describing the culture here,” one female employee told Mission Local. “It hurts to read it, but this culture has been around here for a while.”The employee said she had read the Chronicle’s story on her lunch break. Still processing the news, she said she was now contemplating the daunting task of needing to find a new job. “It hurts to know this. I would like not to be part of this culture.” While none of the customers Mission Local spoke to had read the news for themselves, most expressed hesitation about returning to the cafe after learning of the allegations.“I’ll probably stop coming here unless the situation is rectified — which would look like the responsible parties being relieved and the people who have suffered having some sort of justice,” said T.J., 27, who said she’d loved Four Barrel coffee since before she moved to San Francisco. “I will keep my eyes on this, and this will be my last visit for now,” she said, as she packed up her belongings.“We’re getting to a time where we’re finally believing women, and I want to support that.” Customer Erica Simmons, who hadn’t yet read the news, said she would want to know the specifics, but the allegations would definitely affect her willingness to come back to Four Barrel.Another customer, Jay Mojica, said he would need more time to consider the news. “It’s hard to process this information.”A trio of sisters visiting from Cupertino said they would think twice about coming back. “You start to think, ‘Am I supporting this by coming here?’” said Emi Lewis, 21.“If there was an equivalent alternative, I’d rather go there,” her sister, Maya, said. Cobrina Grieco — an employee of Josey Baker Bread at the Mill, which Tooker co-founded — alleges in the lawsuit that Tooker forcibly grabbed her and kissed her against her will during a party in October 2015. The lawsuit alleges that later that night, in a hotel room, Tooker pushed Grieco onto a bed and laid on top of her while she repeatedly said “no.” He also allegedly pulled her pants down around her thighs and was only stopped when other employees entered the room, the Chronicle reports. Megan Kepnach, one of the plaintiffs, alleges that on that same night, Tooker attempted to kiss her, at one point grabbing the back of her head. Kepnach was fired after raising the incident with her manager, Brett Whitman, the lawsuit alleges. Another former employee, Karley Webb, alleges in the lawsuit that Tooker also forcibly kissed her at the same party, according to Chronicle. She was subsequently fired, although it’s unclear whether it was in connection with the alleged harassment.     This is the latest in a raft of sexual harassment accusations against powerful men in the Bay Area food industry. Just over a week ago, Charlie Hallowell, the owner of three well-known East Bay eateries, was accused by 17 former employees of sexual harassment and verbal abuse in a San Francisco Chronicle investigation. He has since apologized and stepped away from the day-to-day operations at the restaurants. Earlier in December, the New York Times reported that 10 female employees accused Ken Friedman, the co-owner of Tosca Cafe of San Francisco, of sexual harassment. Friedman apologized, but still owns the cafe. In November, the Chronicle reported that celebrity chef Michael Chiarello, owner of San Francisco’s Coqueta, had recently settled two sexual harassment lawsuits. center_img Tags: assault • sexual violence • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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JAMES Roby is naturally one of the front runners f

first_imgJAMES Roby is naturally one of the front runners for Man of Steel.The 25-year-old has had a stellar campaign and committed himself to Saints earlier in the year for the next four seasons.But the laid back hooker says he’s just interested in doing his job and playing his own game rather than personal plaudits.“I knew it would be a big year for me as with Keiron Cunningham leaving it was always going to be a big void to fill. KC has been here for so long and we all know how highly rated as a player he was. A lot was made of him leaving at the beginning of the season but I just got on with my job and wanted to play my own game.“It’s not really been mentioned since so I will take that as a positive! I was seen as an impact player but I think I have turned that perception around and now people associate me with a full match playing number 9. I enjoy that and want to be on the pitch as much as possible and don’t like coming off. The more minutes I played at the beginning of the year I adapted to it and I feel very comfortable playing that length of time.“I feel more like a senior player this year and hopefully I can continue to go in that manner.”He continues: “I don’t like making excuses but when you take into account playing at Widnes for the season and the injury situation then I think if you were offered third at the beginning of the year you would have taken it. But I think the main thing that has come is the young lads who have stepped in because of injury and the lads who have made their debuts.“It is positive for the club and the community too that these lads have come through the system and have not just filled in but made a stake for their positions.“They will have learnt a lot too – we have lost games when we should have won – and they are surrounded by international players. The learning curve got steeper when we lost to Wigan in the cup. When I was young I took it for granted that we would just go out and be fine. That happened in 2006 and I thought we were unbeatable.“We were close to Wembley this year and the loss will hopefully be a reminder.”last_img read more

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HAYDOCKs Year 9s were crowned North West Champion

first_imgHAYDOCK’s Year 9s were crowned North West Champions following a 28-20 win over St Peters from Orrell.The game started cagily with very little to separate the two teams but as the first half continued Haydock gained the upper hand and converted pressure into well-earned points.They lead 22-0 but undeterred, St Peters fought back to leave Haydock with a lead of 18 points.After oranges, St Peters began the brighter and started to pile on the pressure.With little possession Haydock found themselves defending for large periods of time and eventually concede a few quick tries to leave the game at 22-20.But with time dwindling away Haydock found a new release of energy and began to complete full sets and progress into St Peters’ 20.Their opposition defended well but gave away a penalty to the left of the posts which Haydock duly converted. With a four point cushion Haydock seemed to relax and play some attractive rugby – rewarded with a four pointer in the corner to leave 28-20 to the good with only two minutes to play.And they duly defended those minutes to be crowned North West Champions!The North West Champion Schools Finals were held on Saturday January 24 when the best two teams from across Widnes, Warrington, Wigan and St Helens fought it out to be crowned as champions.last_img read more

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SAINTS returned to winning ways with a 3110 win o

first_imgSAINTS returned to winning ways with a 31-10 win over Hull FC at Langtree Park.Jack Owens bagged a brace and kicked five goals in a victory that put his side six points clear of Catalans in fifth.At times it was nervy and disjointed but Keiron Cunningham’s side hung on in there to take home their first decision over the Challenge Cup winners this season.But, it could have been different if they hadn’t responded to Hull FC’s early dominance.After just four minutes, and following back to back repeat sets and a penalty, Mahe Fonua ghosted through from dummy half.Curtis Naughton making it 6-0 with his conversion from the touchline.Saints toiled to get back on level terms but did increase the pressure on Hull FC when Jon Wilkin’s kick forced an error from Jamie Shaul.But Cunningham’s men couldn’t take advantage of the extra set.That was the tale of the opening 20 minutes until Wilkin linked with Jonny Lomax for the fullback to fire over lovely ball for Jack Owens’ fourth of the season.And within the blink of an eye Saints were ahead.Hull put the restart out on the full and after a strong drive Lomax juggled Fages’ offload to put Matty Fleming over.It was superb bit of skill from the full back – as was Owens’ defence following a chip through on the half hour mark.He denied the visitors a certain score by batting an awkward looking kick putting behind for a drop out.Hull FC had one chalked off for accidental offside two minutes later – a real let off – before Dominique Peyroux made a telling interception to stop another anxious moment.Saints seemed to have more of a spring in their step in the second half and Fages could’ve counted himself unlucky not to have got more from a chip to the corner following Atelea Vea’s run down the middle.But the hosts finally made one stick on 50 minutes.Amor, Roby and Greenwood all went close before Vea burst on to Jordan Turner’s quick ball.That lifted the nerves around Langtree Park but from the restart Saints handed the ball straight back to their opponents.The ball went out, forcing Saints to drop out, and Sika Manu rolled his way over near the corner flag.Owens took the score out to 18-10 with the boot on 58 minutes and then Fleming made a telling tackle on the hour mark to stop another attack.Adam Swift then produced a worldie of a tackle to put Steve Michaels into touch with the line beckoning.Defence then turned into attack and Atelea Vea crashed over for his second – latching on to Roby’s grubber.Turner ultimately made the game safe with a drop goal five minutes before time – before Owens went over for his second of the game.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Owens (2), Fleming, Vea (2)Goals: Owens (5 from 6)Drop: TurnerHull FC:Tries: Fonua, ManuGoals: Naughton (1 from 2)Penalties:Saints: 6Hull FC: 7HT: 10-6FT: 31-10REF: C CampbellATT: 10,086Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 24. Matty Fleming, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Theo Fages; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 19. Steve Michaels, 2. Mahe Fonua, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 20. Curtis Naughton; 6. Leon Pryce, 13. Jordan Abdull; 22. Josh Bowden, 30. Danny Washbrook, 15. Chris Green, 21. Sika Manu, 17. Dean Hadley, 16. Jordan Thompson.Subs: 10. Liam Watts, 14. Iafeta Paleaaesina, 23. Frank Pritchard, 27. Jack Downs.last_img read more

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Oak Island gets more than 8M for sea turtle habitat restoration project

first_imgOak Island (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Millions of dollars from FEMA, all to help restore a plan in Oak Island from 15 years ago, that will also help parts of the beach recover from storm damage.Oak Island is getting more than $8 million for a sea turtle habitat restoration project.- Advertisement – It will cover the area from East 62nd Street all the way to East 19th Street.The same nourishment project was first done back in 2000, and now the town is hoping it will have the same impacts.The FEMA Emergency Dune Restoration Project between East 58th and West 51st Street will pick back up next month, after stopping for turtle nesting season.Related Article: FEMA official talks hurricane aid applications, denials, housingOak Island Mayor Cin Brochure said is big news for the island.“It’s huge in our view for several reasons,” Brochure said. “First of all we need to protect the sea turtles and a lot of that blew away in Matthew. And we also, it helps put back some of the sand that we lost during Matthew. So, it’s pretty much one of the biggest things that have happened to Oak Island in a while on a positive note.”Brochure said at least 70 turtle nests have hatched so far this season.She hopes the new project will keep the sea turtles safe, give them a place to lay their eggs, and keep them from crossing the streets.Also announched Monday, the town was granted $1.5 million from the Golden Leaf Foundation and $300,000 from CAMA to help rebuild the Oak Island Pier.last_img read more

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TVs World of Dance live tour coming to Wilmington

first_imgPhoto: The Wilson Center WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dancers of all ages and genres will take the stage at CFCC’s Wilson Center in October as part of the World of Dance Live Tour.The popular competition TV show is touring for the second time and features stars from the television show as well as dance icons from YouTube. Dancers who represent the spirit of originality, expression, and dedication are showcased in a family-friendly performance.- Advertisement – The performance is a 90-minute showcase that brings World of Dance to life.The performers already announced for the tour include Michael Dameski, Charity and Andres, and BDash and Konkrete, with more to be announced shortly.Tickets for World of Dance Live Tour range from $35 to $55. VIP tickets are available. They go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. at capefearstage.com or at 2 p.m. by calling (910) 362-7999 or visiting the Wilson Center.last_img read more

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Wilmington man charged with DWI after fatal bike crash

first_img Police responded to the intersection around 9:25 p.m. Friday where the bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. It was determined Matthews was impaired, and he was charged with DWI.In addition to the DWI, he is charged with felony death by vehicle, failure to yield left turn and a window tint violation.He received a $25,000 secured bond. Brett Matthews (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police charged Brett Matthews, 45, early Wednesday afternoon for the death of a Wilmington man.Matthews, of Wilmington, was reportedly turning left onto Banbury Lane from Gregory Road when he struck a bicyclist who was traveling in the opposite direction, toward Matthews.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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WDI Craft beer not be sold at Downtown Sundown Concert Series

first_img “We’re a part of downtown and we want to be a part of downtown,” Amy Walker, who works at Edward Teach Brewing, said.While the Downtown Sundown series is bringing everyone together on Friday nights, local craft beer brewers feel left out.“We just hope that they’ll look and see that it’s good for everybody to bring local beer downtown for the concert series,” Cape Fear Craft Bear Alliance President Jeremy Tomlinson said.Related Article: ADULTS ONLY: Aquarium holds Valentine’s ‘Game Night UnTamed’Walker says they were eager to sell their beer at the concert, but their request was denied.“It is frustrating because we are a part of downtown,” Walker said. “I believe it’s important for local businesses to be a part and not just the big guy. We’re the little guys and we need a little love too.”Wilmington Downtown Incorporated has hosted the concert for years. WDI President Ed Wolverton says on top of moving to a new spot downtown, there are other elements that go into planning.“There are also logistical issues such as electricity and lighting and refrigeration,” Wolverton said. “All of these are very inter-related.”Wolverton says they have worked with craft brewers in the past.Walker says they had already planned to take care of a lot of these issues on their own. She still thinks there can be a solution.“A rotation wouldn’t be hard to do,” Walker said. “Maybe it would be a little difficult for those who don’t have the refrigerated trucks and getting it down there. But I think as a community, we would all step up and help each other.”Wolverton says WDI hopes to work with craft brewers to bring them into the event in the coming years. There will be domestic beer sold at the concert.He says there are a lot of rules, so it can take time to work things out. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Despite efforts by some local brewers, you will not be seeing any craft beer for now at Wilmington’s Downtown Sundown Concert Series.Some brewers were disappointed they wouldn’t be able to join in the fun.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Watch Can I phone my mother to tell her Im alive

first_img SharePrint Credit: Tanya Melillo ‘The first thing they ask me,’ Dr Tanya Melillo says, ‘can I phone my mother to tell her I’m alive?’The Head of Malta’s Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit, tells Newsbook.com.mt that very often young migrants who are disembarked in Malta have lost touch with their families back home, having made journeys which to this point, have spanned anything up to five years in some cases.‘They’ve lost touch with their families and it means a mother won’t know if their 16 year old son is alive or dead.’This is the second part of an interview carried out with the medical professor who is one of the first people to greet the arrival of rescued and disembarked migrants in Malta.Watch: ‘Every boat has its own story’ – Dr Tanya MelilloIn the previous part, Dr Melillo explained her role assessing those rescued as well as the psychological toll the work has on the professionals involved.Treating them like human beings It is then up to the psychiatrists to help them deal with the underlying traumas. For some, it can be so difficult to recover that leads them to depression.Along with mental health, the conditions in the camps and centres, also take a toll on their physical health. She recalls how she comes into contact with many serious cases of malnutrition and dehydration which have developed throughout the journey and whilst detained in Libya.‘Nutrition wise, many are lucky if they go for days without eating, maybe even to drink a little. They are skinny as can be.’For this reason, being able to greet them and treat them as human beings is one of the ‘most rewarding things for me,’ Dr Melillo says adding that, ‘for many of them this is their first time that someone is treating them like human beings. You see their sigh of relief.’It’s all about survival Credit: Tanya Melillo When asked about the kinds of psychological traumas, the migrants face, Dr Melillo explains that at first, it’s not easy to pick up.‘Not many are willing to talk. There is still so much trauma and shock that they are going through.’Melillo explains that a lot of their experiences remain with them, recalling how some of the stories of the inhumane treatment involving torture, rape and the living conditions inside the Libya detention centres leave her amazed.‘How does a human being do that to another human being? It’s hard to believe and imagine.’ Credit: Tanya Melillo Credit: Tanya Melillo Credit: Tanya Melillo During the course of the interview, the issue of myths and perceptions about migration was raised with the medical specialist.Dr Melillo stressed that it was always important to engage and to empathise with these people rather than simply judge them at face value.When reflecting on the journeys which they’ve taken to this point, Dr Melillo says that it was not a case of simply wanting to leave, the choice was made knowing that it could mean a case of living or dying, supporting their families or letting them starve.They are prepared to work, to work hard‘These people are trying to survive, it’s about survival… This is something we don’t understand. We don’t face that situation. For us, we’re more worried about how we’re going to spend our money. For them, it’s about how am I going to survive tomorrow. Am I going to find something to eat tomorrow or today? Will I have a roof over my head? These are things that don’t cross our minds. We don’t have to.’Going further Dr Melillo explained that those coming to Malta in this way were not coming to accept charity. They are prepared to work, to work hard. They deserve rights like the rest of us have, and have a decent job and get decent pay.’WhatsApp Credit: Tanya Melillo Credit: Tanya Melillo Credit: Tanya Melillo Credit: Tanya Melillo Credit: Tanya Melillo 1 of 10 <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Nigeria IBM Moves for skills development

first_imgAdvertisement Specifically, IBM said this empowerment should be in the form of infrastructure upgrades in Nigeria to reduce hassles of doing business in the country.The Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Lead Manager of IBM in Nigeria, Remi Abere, said the company is taking up this initiative as part of activities to mark the company’s 100 years of successful global operations.Abere said 90% of Nigerian businesses are SMEs who employ 50% of the working population in the country. She further emphasised that the SMEs are catalyst to an industrial revolution in the country and urged for mentorship and skill transfer, in addition to increased incentives to help the sector to develop. – Advertisement – According to Abere, while marking the centennial celebration, IBM mentored 100 SMEs operators, including tailors and artisans. “We discovered that these sets of operators are goldmines that must be given full support both financially and infrastructure upgrades, coupled with training and skills acquisition, for them to deliver their content,” she said.On the centennial celebration, she said in Nigeria, that “IBM West Africa is working with Enterprise Development Center (EDC), a department of the Pan African University Lagos, to select 100 small businesses, who have been mentored by IBM employees for 100 days using the SME Toolkit to coach the entrepreneurs on various areas of business ranging from how to write a business plan, sales and marketing and small business accounting.”Executive Director of EDC Peter Bankole said by bringing together its employees, retirees, partners and community members, IBM is undertaking the largest service challenge.“They are creating not only an impact on communities and small businesses, but they are applying the unique and powerful IBM assets to catalyse a movement around service. We commend them for celebrating 100 years of corporate civic leadership in such a remarkable way,” he concluded.www.itnewsafrica.comlast_img read more

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