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NFL reporter sparks fierce Twitter debate about unpaid internships

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A reporter for the NFL Network sparked a fierce Twitter debate on Monday after simply sharing an opening for an internship.

Jane Slater was met with online backlash shortly after she tweeted the position offered to broadcast journalism students.

“I posted an opportunity for an unpaid internship and I’m amazed at the comments I get,” she wrote.

“It’s not even for me. It’s for someone else and I would have jumped at it in college. I had 3 unpaid internships in school, double majored and had a job. SMH,” she said.

Slater’s post pitted those who believe unpaid internships have career value against others who feel the practice should be eliminated for alienating a whole pool of potential candidates.

Lance Zierlein, NFL draft analyst for NFL.com, wrote: “The phrase ‘unpaid internship’ is looked way down on nowadays. Too many people have no idea how it helps to get a foot in the door that can become your first big job.”

ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller noted that he would not be where he is today without “an unpaid writing opportunity at Bleacher Report.”

On the other hand, freelance science journalist Erin Biba argued “Unpaid internships are just exploitation even when you were in college and too young to understand that …”

Elika Sadeghi also said the practice of unpaid internships should end.

“I don’t think you should be attacked for sharing an opportunity, but I do think it’s worth noting that we should be doing away with unpaid labor, that unpaid internships disproportionately leave out certain groups, and we shouldn’t justify anything simply because we had to do it,” Sadeghi wrote.

Other commenters cited Slater family’s financial well-being as her reason for being able to take on three unpaid internships in school — which she took offense to. Her late grandfather was the former president of Wolf Brand Chili.

“Easy to grind when your grandpa runs a multi-million business,” one person wrote.

Another user said: “Wasn’t your grandfather an executive at a chili company? Thinking maybe you could ‘grind’ because you’ve never actually known financial hardship.”

Later Monday, Slater posted a statement on Twitter to clear the air.

“I acknowledge that I had a grandfather who had money but I did not grow up rich. I always had a job and was taught to value hard work and paying my own bills. Did others have it harder? Absolutely. Which is why I always want and feel compelled to help others when I can,” she wrote.

“I won’t stop trying to help the next generation and I apologize that I came across ‘elitist’ today. Always trying to learn and Twitter isn’t the best place for these debates.”

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Saudi Arabia, citing COVID, bans foreigners from hajj

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Saudi Arabia is banning foreigners from attending the Hajj again this year because of the pandemic.

It will also limit the number of people who can take part in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca to 60,000, a fraction of the 2 million that attend in a normal year.

Still, the figure is far more than the 1,000 permitted last year, two-thirds of whom were foreign residents from among the 160 different nationalities that would have normally been represented. One-third were Saudi security personnel and medical staff.

A statement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency on Saturday said this year’s hajj, which begins in mid-July, would be also limited to vaccinated people aged 18 to 65, The Associated Press reported

All able-bodied Muslims who can afford it are required to perform the physically demanding pilgrimage to the religion’s holiest sites at least once in their lifetimes.

It follows a route the Prophet Muhammad walked nearly 1,400 years ago and is believed to ultimately trace the footsteps of the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail, or Abraham and Ishmael as they are named in the Bible. It is seen as a chance to wipe clean past sins and encourage greater humility and unity.

In a typical year, most pilgrims also visit Medina, about 280 miles northeast of Mecca, to visit the Mosque of the Prophet, which contains Muhammad’s tomb.

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Remote workers put in longer hours but were less efficient: study

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Remote workers put in longer hours but were less efficient: study

Employees are beginning to trickle back into their offices just in time — after a new study found that remote work reduces productivity.

The study, which surveyed the remote work habits of 10,000 employees at an Asian technology company between April 2019 and August 2020, found a 20 percent decrease in output, according to a recent report.

Although the workers in “Work from home & productivity: evidence from personnel & analytics data on IT professionals”, by Michael Gibbs, Friederike Mengel and Christoph Siemroth seemed to work longer hours, they were not as efficient as they would be in a structured workplace.

The study found that although the workers spent 30 percent more time working from home, their productivity fell as they spent more time in meetings with their bosses to constantly outline their responsibilities.

The academics also pointed out that the staff at the unnamed firm they studied were involved in particularly challenging work that might be better suited to an office environment. Employees in less-skilled occupations, such as making customer calls, might be better suited to remote situations, the study said.

The subjects of the study were highly trained and their work involved “significant cognitive work, developing new software or hardware applications or solutions, collaborating with teams of professionals, working with clients, and engaging in innovation and continuous improvement.”

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OnlyFans model Karley Stokes cries foul over bikini Instagram photo

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OnlyFans model Karley Stokes has cried foul after she was kicked out of a $21,000-per-week Florida villa because she posted a photo of herself lounging by the property’s pool wearing a bikini, the Mirror reports.

Karley Stokes, who has made a name for herself posting racy fare on OnlyFans, insisted that she was the victim of bikini-related discrimination.

The bikini-clad Karley Stokes rented the villa for a week last month, vacationing from her life as an OnlyFans model with seven friends.

She and her pals told the property owner that they planned to kick back and relax in the house, and also shoot some yoga videos.

The group checked into the luxury pad on May 25 and were shown around by the property manager.

OnlyFans model kicked out of £18,000-a-week villa for sharing bikini pic taken inside

All seemed well at first, and the relaxation and revelry began.

But a few hours later, Karley Stokes’ bikini-wearing fun was interrupted, when the manager came back to scold the OnlyFans model for her social media post.

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“She acted like everything was OK but after leaving she looked up our Instagram accounts and came back several hours later,” Karley Stokes recalled of how her work on OnlyFans came back to bite her, the Daily Star reports.

“She claimed that she knew we were going to be shooting porn at their location because of our past Instagram posts.”

After they splashed thousands to rent the space, the content creators were felt “uneasy” when they were branded “porn stars”.

OnlyFans model kicked out of £18k-a-week villa after ‘taking bikini pic in pool’

“We always told her that no we were not – we were using the time to hang with friends as a mini vacation to relax, meditate and work on yoga,” Karley Stokes reported about the confrontation she experienced with the property manager, who took one look at her bikini post and figured she was planning to shoot OnlyFans videos on site.

“She acted like we were doing something wrong and it made me super uneasy,” Stokes lamented.

“She collected all of the guests’ drivers’ license IDs and made copies of them.”

Earlier this month, The Daily Beast reported a somewhat similar story about a T-Mobile employee who sued the company’s HR department after being asked probing questions about her OnlyFans account.

A T-Mobile retail employee has filed a gender discrimination suit against the company, claiming the human resources department inappropriately asked about her OnlyFans account while she reported a physical assault. Caitlyn Stevens told The Verge that while she was working at a T-Mobile store in Fort Worth, Texas, a male employee tried to attack her. When she reported it, she claims, she was transferred—so she reported the incident to human resources.

T-Mobile Employee Files Suit, Claims HR Asked About OnlyFans

Karley Stokes and her bikini-clad friends thought that the interrogation from the property manager would be the end of their OnlyFans-driven worries.

But then the next day, a security guard came and summarily kicked them out of the villa.

“We were in the backyard at the pool – where I had taken an Instagram picture – and at about 1pm, a hired security guard showed up at the house and tells us our lease has been terminated and that we have to leave or they would call the police,” Stokes said. “It was literally crazy how they were acting like we were doing something illegal, when all of the guests were completely clothed in swimsuits and we were having a BBQ in the backyard. We were forced to leave after not even being there 24 hours.”

Knewz previously reported the sad tale of an influencer model who was raked over the coals for “scamming” her fans into paying for an OnlyFans page with no sexually explicit content.

Fans of YouTuber and gaming influencer model Corinna Kopf are calling foul after it was revealed her OnlyFans page consisted of reposts of her Instagram snaps.

Influencer model slammed for ‘scamming’ fans ‘after her OnlyFans page is revealed to just be tame Instagram reposts’

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