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NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel

Update 4:52 p.m. ET: U.S. vice president Mike Pence has responded to the NFL decision on Twitter, using the hashtag #winning.

Update 1:21 p.m. ET: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued a statement on the new NFL policy:

“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League.

Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

Original story: NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday regarding players who wish to kneel during the national anthem, according to a statement by the National Football League

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According to the NFL, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and, “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

The change will go into effect for the upcoming season, according to the Washington Post.

Players who choose not to stand during the national anthem may stay in the locker room or off-field while it is being played. 

The official statement from the National Football League states:

“The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities. 

The membership also strongly believes that:

  1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  2. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.
  3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.
  4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

In an official statement on the NFL website, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote:

“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society. 

The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress. 

It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case. 

This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s wife announces birth of baby girl

There’s a new Earnhardt on the racing scene.

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Amy Earnhardt announced the birth of Isla Rose Earnhardt on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“She’s finally here!” the wife of former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted. “It feels like a dream. The best dream ever.”

It is the first child for the couple.

Dale Jr. has been busy since retiring from active racing, working as an analyst for NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America.” Before that, he covered the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics for NBC.

The baby was due May 2, but arrived a day early. Had she been born on April 29, she would have shared a birthday with her grandfather, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, and the former Amy Riemann, 36, were married on Dec. 31, 2016.

Cinco de Mayo: Five things you didn’t know

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food.

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Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends:

1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the  Battle of Puebla , where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.

2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its  Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.

3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The  California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.

4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.

>>  Quiz: How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo?

5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.

Blood Drive TODAY @ EASY93.1 Headquarters

After Wednesday’s tragedy at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, OneBlood responded immediately by rushing additional blood to Broward Health North Hospital and Broward Health Medical Center

While the immediate blood needs have been met, there is a need to replenish blood supply; specifically O NegativeO Negative is the universal blood type and is used to treat trauma patients. 

Please join us at The EASY93.1 Headquarters at 2741 North 29th Avenue in Hollywood, just west of I-95’s Sheridan Street exit, TODAY - Thursday February 15th, from 12noon until 7pm!

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.

EASY’S COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Community Announcements

The FBI's Miami Office is holding a Diversity AgentRecruitment Event Monday, February 5th. They're looking for people in a wide range of areas, from STEM to attorneys, CPA's, detectives and foreign language speakers. Pre-registration is required. Click here for information.

Miami-Dade County has several ways to recycle your Christmas Tree, including Curbside Pickup. All the details are here.

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Easy 93.1 invites you to join us supporting the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.

Girl Scouts in the 21st Century are a force to be reckoned with, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) to change the world.

----------------Girl Scout Cookie Program------------
Selling Girl Scout Cookies enables girls to develop five esssential skills:
Goal Setting
Decision Making
Money Management
People Skills
Business Ethics

When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you help the girls learn these skills and achieve their goals.
Girl Scout Cookies Sales run from January 18th through February 11th this year. Find the cookie booth nearest you with the Cookie Booth Locator on the home page at www.gssef.org. 
And plan to join Easy 93.1 with the Girl Scouts for the annual 'Give A Box, Get A Box'event to provide Cookies for the Military. On February 9th, 5pm - 9pm at all Duffy's Sports Grill locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties, buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies for our troops overseas and receive a FREE box for yourself! We'll be onsite with the Girls and Veterans from Mission United at the Duffy's at The Fountains on University Drive in Plantation..

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________---------------American Heart Association / Go Red For Women

February is HEART MONTH

Easy 93.1 partners with the American Heart Association year-round to raise awareness of the issue of women and heart disease.

Why it Matters#lifeiswhy

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Campaign reminds you that heart disease is still the #1 killer of women. 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease - yet 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index / BMI) and schedule your annual well-woman visit. Learn more about the causes, your risk factors, and prevention tips here.

Learn more about the Go Red for Women movement and Go Red Por Tu Corazon.

Heart Month is in February, but you can take steps toward healthier living all year round. Check out their Eat Smart tips and upcoming events here.

Kids' Health, courtesy of the American Heart Association:

THE AHA says lowering your kids' sodium intake now can protect their health later. Visit www.sodiumbreakup.heart.org for tips on how to stay healthy through the school year.

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--------------- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS --------------

Easy 93.1 supports Women in Distress and the SafeSpace Foundation shelters in Broward and Miami-Dade County.
Both provide a wide range of services for people seeking to leave an abusive relationship, including counseling and safe shelter.
Any time you need assistance or guidance, please call the 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines:
954-761-1133
800-500-1119
In an emergency always call 911.

You can support Women in Distress by donating items for their Thrift Shop year-round; and take a look at other ways to support Women in Distress with Donation Drives here.

The Broward Victims Rights Coalition provides a list of more than 2 dozen agencies that offer support and services for people in, or trying to leave an abusive relationship, here.

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The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative is an outreach organization dedicated to educating women about the importance of breast & heart health while providing them with the resources to beat these diseases.

Check their Outreach Schedule here, or call for information: 1-866-315-7711.

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SERVICES FOR VETERANS

Join Easy 93.1 in honoring our Veterans by supporting Mission United – helping Veterans with employment, legal, health, educational services and more. Find details at MissionUnited.org.
To see upcoming events including Job Fairs and Homeowners Workshops, visit the Mission United Facebook page.

You'll also find links to a number of organizations that provide resources and support for Veterans on our Veteran's Resource Page.

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Easy 93.1 invites you to join us supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward Countyand the great work they do for our young people, including after-school programs, homework assistance, vocational training and more. Find more info about programs, how to support them, and how to get your child involved here.

--------------- HURRICANE SEASON --------------

Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th.

Here are links to important information about Hurricane Readiness and what do before, during and after a storm:
Miami Dade County Emergency Management.
Broward County Emergency Operations.
Our TV news partner, WSVN 7.
The National Hurricane Center.
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Caring For the Environment
Take care of the planet all year! Click the link to learn simple things you can do to Heal the Planet (and you’ll probably save money, too!).

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Information about the Zika Virus:

Miami-Dade Public Schools Zika Info Broward Public Schools Zika Info

Click here for regular updates from the Florida Department of Health, including information about protecting yourself from mosquito-borne illness.

Resources - links you can use:

Miami-Dade County Government Call 311

Broward County Government Call 211

Your City Connections - click the city name to go to the city website.

Miami-Dade County

Allapattah

Aventura

Bal Harbour

Bay Harbor Islands

Biscayne Park

Coconut Grove

Coral Gables

Cutler Bay

Doral

El Portal

Florida City

Golden Beach

Hialeah

Hialeah Gardens

Homestead

Key Biscayne

Medley

Miami

Miami Beach

Miami Gardens

Miami Lakes

Miami Shores

Miami Springs

North Bay Village

North Miami

North Miami Beach

Opa Locka

Palmetto Bay

Pinecrest

South Miami

Sunny Isles Beach

Surfside

Sweetwater

Virginia Gardens

West Miami

Broward County

Coconut Creek

Cooper City

Coral Springs

Dania Beach

Davie

Deerfield Beach

Fort Lauderdale

Hallandale Beach

Hillsboro Beach

Hollywood

Lauderdale By the Sea

Lauderdale Lakes

Lauderhill

Lighthouse Point

Margate

Miramar

North Lauderdale

Oakland Park

Parkland

Pembroke Park

Pembroke Pines

Plantation

Pompano Beach

Southwest Ranches

Sunrise

Tamarac

West Park

Weston

Wilton Manors

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade star lineup announced

Big-named stars will headlining this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for 2017.

Jimmy Fallon, Smokey Robinson, Wyclef Jean and Leslie Odom, Jr. will be joining 98 Degrees and the Goo Goo Dolls for the annual New York City spectacular, People reported.

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Broadway will also highlight new shows like “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Once on This Island” and “Spongebob Squarepants.”

Don’t forget about the massive balloons the parade is known for.

This year Olaf will join the parade, along with Chase from “Paw Patrol.”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Photos: Target’s hot holiday toys for 2017

What toys will be on your children’s holiday lists? Target says these are the hot toys this year.

EASY 93.1 VETERANS RESOURCES

MISSION UNITED FEATURED VETERAN OF THE MONTH

 

Name SHOWNI ANDERSON Rank SERGEANT Branch of Service  US MARINES CORPS

 

Hear Showni’ Interview here

 A dedicated and experienced logistician. A team builder who balances fulfilling requirements both present and future with proven leadership and innovative product development. A quick study who is equally effective working alone or as a member of a team. A strong communicator who’s easily adaptable and strives for quality and efficiency. Qualifications include current US Government Secret Security Clearance, supply chain management, inventory control, purchasing/procurement, project management, licensed forklift operator.

MISSION UNITED has aligned and mobilized resources to organize a comprehensive system of support for Veterans including housing support, education, health and mentorship services. A large part of the mission is helping Vets learn, resume writing and interviewing skills and succeed in the civilian workforce. Mission United connects veterans with job opportunities and helps employers discover the value of hiring veterans. For more info contact:

 

 

MISSIONUNITED-UNITED WAY MIAMI/BROWARD

https://unitedwaymiami.org/what-we-do/mission-united/

http://www.unitedwaybroward.org/ 

VETERANS RESOURCES PAGE EASY 93.1 

MISSIONUNITED-UNITED WAY MIAMI/BROWARD

https://unitedwaymiami.org/what-we-do/mission-united/

http://www.unitedwaybroward.org/ 

Mission United helps ease the transition to civilian life and address the unique needs of veterans. By connecting them to a coordinated network of community partners, we empower veterans and their families to lead productive lives in our community. Services include job training and opportunities, affordable housing, legal resources and more.

VA-THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION 

https://www.miami.va.gov/

The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,245 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,065 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.

 

VETERANS CRISIS LINE

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

 

NATIONAL CALL CENTER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/NationalCallCenter.asp

Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can make the call to or chat online with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 877-424-3838

 

VETCENTER HELPLINE

https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/media/Call-Center-PSA.asp

1-877-WAR-VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.

 

POMPANO BEACH VET CENTER

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=5976

Pompano Beach Vet Center

2300 West Sample Road, Suite 102

Pompano, FL 33073

Phone: 954-984-1669 Or 877-927-8387

 

BROWARD COLLEGE VETERAN’S RESOURCE CENTER

http://www.broward.edu/veterans/Pages/default.aspx

Veteran’s Resource Center 

Broward College

1000 Coconut Creek Blvd

Bldg 62 13-C 

Coconut Creek FL

33066 954 201 2545

The College is designated a Military Friendly institution and offers a variety of programs to Veterans, in-service personnel, and to dependents of deceased or disabled Veterans.

 

BROWARD LIBRARY WIFI HOT SPOTS

http://www.broward.org/library/Veterans/Pages/default.aspx

 

Veterans, active military members and their dependents can check out free WiFi hotspots at nine library locations throughout Broward County with valid military identification.

 

HONOR FLIGHTS SOUTH FLORIDA

http://www.honorflightsouthflorida.org/

Transport America's veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

PATRIOT PLACEMENTS

http://patriotplacements.org/CareerServices.aspx

Patriot Placements is committed to serving the military community by working with the business community to promote job placement and economic independence to our nation’s heroes and their spouses. Patriot Placements helps veterans find their next career path by providing a dedicated recruiter, career transition and training programs, resume building, interview coaching, job placement, networking events and job fairs.

EASY 93.1 Sickle Cell Awareness Blood Drive

Donate blood at the at at 2741 North 29th Avenue in Hollywood, Wedneday October 4th, from 10am until 7pm! Honor the victims and injured of the tragedy in Las Vegas, plus help raise awareness of the crucial need for blood donations to sustain the lives of patients, like Miami Lakes’ resident Lia Ottinot, who are fighting sickle cell disease.

All lifesaving donors will receive a limited edition, Sickle Cell T-Shirt designed by Lia & a FREE movie ticket, plus a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature & iron count, including a cholesterol screening! 

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org

If you can’t make it to the EASY 93.1 studios, you can donate on the same date & time at the following locations: 

*African American Research Library 

2650 Sistrunk Blvd. 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311 

*Florida Memorial University 

15800 N.W. 42nd Avenue 

Miami Gardens, FL 33054 

*Sickle Cell Foundation Of Palm Beach

1600 N. Australian Avenue 

West Palm Beach, FL 33407 

*Walmart 

19501 N.W. 27th Avenue 

Miami Gardens, FL 33056 

*Westland Mall 

1625 W. 49th Street 

Hialeah, FL 33012

*Homestead City Hall 

100 N.E. Civic Ct. 

Homestead, FL 33030 

 

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