Israel Folau reaches settlement with Rugby Australia

first_imgRugby player Israel Folau has reached a settlement with Rugby Australia (RA) over his controversial sacking for writing anti-gay posts on social media.The former Wallabies star had been suing RA for A$14m (£7.4m; $9.5m) after having his contract terminated in May.Folau, a Christian, argued that the termination of his contract was a case of religious discrimination.The parties had settled for a confidential amount, according to a joint statement on Wednesday.Folau was sacked for saying “hell awaits” gay people, after previously being warned over his social media posts.What did the two sides say? In a statement from both parties, the 30-year-old full-back said he had not intended to harm or offend people when he uploaded the post.“Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality,” the statement read.RA said it did not “in any way” agree with the content of the post, adding inclusivity was “core” to the sport.Both parties apologised for “any hurt or harm caused”.The settlement is an abrupt conclusion to a months-long dispute. Just last week, Folau had upped his demands for compensation. Previously one of the nation’s highest-paid athletes, he had sought both monetary compensation and a return to the national side.The terms of the settlement have not been revealed. It is unknown if Folau will return to the Wallabies.How significant was this fight?The row had been closely followed in Australia, where it sparked national debate about free speech and discrimination.Experts had suggested that the court case – if it had gone ahead – could have set a legal precedent for religious expression in Australian workplaces. Folau had been widely supported by Christian lobby groups, but he has also been widely condemned for his anti-gay and anti-transgender comments.Folau raised over A$2m in a crowd-funding campaign in June, saying donations had come from “tens of thousands of Australians”.An earlier fundraiser was shut down after the host platform, GoFundMe, said Folau’s cause promoted discrimination.last_img read more

Overtime 3-19-14…Pitt is not done, take it to the bank!

first_imgBILL NEAL:10 I am going to start you off with this information because some of you older cats doze off before you get to the end of the column…Terrence Taylor!  The first and biggest event of the New Year is coming at you and fast.  The greatest cornerback in NFL history will head up an all-star cast of other members of the greatest team in NFL history…THE – PITTSBURGH – STEELERS!!!  The rule changer, Mel Blount, and the man that held down the other side of the field when they didn’t throw to Mel’s side…J.T. Thomas (tell me again why J.T.’s not in the Hall of Fame?)  Anyway, Mel, J.T., Louis “Lou” Lipps, Randy Grossman, Robin “Big Rob” Cole, the legendary Andy Russell, Mike Wagner, and “The Judge” Dwayne Woodruff will suit up together one more time for a big time charity event to benefit Champion Enterprises’ Safe Summer Programs.  Saturday, March 29 at the magnificent Rivers Casino on the North Shore. The Red Carpet Dress to Impress extravaganza will be upstairs in the Grand Ballroom. Your $25 donation will include cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, free parking, free photograph and/or autographs with the players and autographs on your favorite Steelers item (one item per person). The evening will be highlighted by the Tim Stevens/Leonard Johnson Project, featuring international saxophone superstar Kenny Blake.  For more information, call The Champions at 412-628-4856 (be advised capacity is for the first 500 people).  Other legendary celebrity superstars include B.B. Flenory, Jennifer Bruce, Myron Brown, Master Jacquet Bazemore, and “Smokin’” Jim Frazier, just to name a few…and yes boys and girls, the Patriot Girls models will be there too…Big Smile!:09 Speaking of Jennifer Bruce…and I was, tell me again why her uniform is not retired and hanging in the Petersen Event Center’s rafters.  All she did is score more points than all the men in Pitt basketball history. I’m just saying.:08 If Pittsburgh is between Jacksonville and New England, why couldn’t we sign Darrelle Reeves instead of the Patriots.  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?:07 The greatest of all time, in this order, the Top 10, no exceptions.  Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius “Dr. J.” Erving, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Oscar Robinson, Larry Byrd, Jerry West and Connie Hawkins. Now shut up and watch the game will ya!:06 And for the record, I’d put Dennis “Mad Man” Rodman on LeBron and the party would be over…Didn’t I tell you to shut up.:05 Eddie, still the president of the “Know it All Club” Jefferies, you are exactly right about Pitt and “South of the Border My Bad!”:04 I don’t know where you take your child to be educated and developed, but it should be Banks Learning Center with two of Pittsburgh’s finest people, Linda Banks and Dr. Terri. They got it going on up there and them tiny tots be jammin. Go take a tour.  Call 412 -247-3922 for information.:03 Ziggy Hood is gone…who?  Yeah, I know!:02 Welcome the triple threat to “The Locker Room,” Lorraine Turner. Educator, model and the lady knows her movies.:01 Pitt is not done. Beware of the Panther…and that you can take to the bank!~ GAME OVER ~Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter us at our mobile app at read more

Steph Curry vs. Seth Curry as sibling rivalry invades NBA playoffs

first_imgThe most intriguing subplot of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals is the Tale of Two Currys — Stephen and his Warriors take on his little brother Seth and the Trail Blazers — that portends the best and the worst of times for their parents.Dell and Sonya Curry’s exhilaration of knowing their sons are the first brothers in NBA history to face each other in a Finals series gave way to the realization that they’ll need to play favorites. One parent will root for Steph, the other will root for …last_img read more

Valdler Womens Feather Mesh Net Sinamay Fascinator Hat – High Fashion Black Rose and Feather Fascinator, by Valder

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1 x fascinator hair clip hatthis woman’s valdler fascinator hat seems beautiful. It matched the sellers description correctly. It looks much improved than the picture shown. It arrived immediately and in great problem. Manufactured employing substantial quality components which consist of feathers, bouquets, beads and netting. Underneath the fascinator you will find a pretty wonderful durable clip, which you just push down to open, then slide into your hair at the angle best suited you yourself.I was a little bit upset with this. I was a little bit upset with this. It was a darker color than i believed. Did not like the way it was packed.The fascinator is pretty, it appears perfectly manufactured. It is held on by a long hair clip, so depending on the hairstyle you choose to do with the fascinator you might will need an added pin or two to cease it flapping close to. All in all i am pretty joyful with it and am hunting forward to carrying it to an impending wedding day.Valdler Womens Feather Mesh Fascinator HatHigh Fashion Black Rose and Feather Fascinator, by ValderI was a bit disappointed with thisVery nice fascinatorVery nice and well madeVery good, was just as describedlast_img read more

Wave Hair Brush HARD Boar Bristle : not so good with long hair wigs as I find the bristles

first_imgThis is a hairbrush its exactly what i wanted,it doesn’t tangle or pull like the plastic ones do and easy to pull the old hair off. I was looking for a said hairbrush just like this one for a while and wasn’t able find one around where i live but thankfully amazon saved the day again, i really love hair brush/comb combo the brush is a little rough on my head but it’s of really great quality so if you’re looking a really high quality hair brush this one is for you. Good brush, also has nylon bristles. Good brush, also has nylon bristles, but helped distribute the natural hair oils in my extremely curly/prone to frizz hair. Slightly smaller than the traditional,mens’ military hairbrush, but by far the cheapest of the quality items, so it was excellent value for money. What else can one say about a hairbrush ?. stiff bristled, as desribed, the item was as per picture, it was promptly delivered in good packaging. Not so good with long hair wigs as i find the bristles. Works really well with short afro hair and long hair. Not so good with long hair wigs as i find the bristles aren’t long enough. Excellent product otherwise. Wave Hair Brush HARD Boar Bristle with Styling Comb : This brush is very hard, but works well if you’ve just had your hair washed. I don’t recommend this for everyday use as you’ll probably have a sore head. Very well thought out design,strong bristles very good for your well groomed man of today,would tell my friends about this product. Gets rid all the dirt in your hair. Excellent gift for men and boys. Hooray, it’s only taken 11 years to get my son to brush and comb his hair without being reminded. This great stocking filler made him feel sufficiently grown up to venture into hair styling independence. Definitely a ‘big boy’ hair styling set. Good quality hard brush will easily brush afro hair and is excellent for when you have just washed your hair to get knots out fab. Excellent gift for men and boys. Hooray, it’s only taken 11 years to get my son to brush and comb his hair without being reminded. This great stocking filler made him feel sufficiently grown up to venture into hair styling independence. Definitely a ‘big boy’ hair styling set. A gift for my son who likes to look good. Very nicely packaged looked manly. I use this to brush my beard and it feels fantastic. Took a while to arrive, but believe me it’s worth the wait. Tames my stray beard hairs fantastically along with making feel very soft. Brilliant, trouble is my daughter has swiped it off. Brilliant,trouble is my daughter has swiped it off me because she has really thick hair. Bought these for my son, very good size and quality. This is a good brush to use as the boar hairs use the natural oils in your hair to make your hair soft and shiny. I still have to brush my hair with a normal hairbrush first though as i have thick hair, but then i use this one after. Daughters hair pattern is a bit of a nightmare, this brush is perfect for getting it smooth and even for the perfect ponytail, love it great buy. Bought this hard to find item as a replacement for my existing bristle brush, exceptional value with very quick delivery. This is a good brush to use as the boar hairs use the natural oils in your hair to make your hair soft and shiny. I still have to brush my hair with a normal hairbrush first though as i have thick hair, but then i use this one after. Really good quality, buying another one, if you like a real brush instead of, the pin cushion sort they can be hard to find at a good price like this. Very well thought out design,strong bristles very good for your well groomed man of today,would tell my friends about this product. Bought these for my son, very good size and quality. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-01-08 22:15:22Reviewed Item Wave Hair Brush HARD Boar Bristle with Styling CombRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  31  reviewsPrice£4.99last_img read more

Ohio AgrAbility at FSR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Getting older or injured generally won’t stop a farmer from working.But work does not have to be painful. Changes can be made to a tractor or a combine, such as adding a lift to get aboard them more easily or adding a camera to keep a farmer from having to turn his or her head to see behind.Injured or aging farmers can find the technology they need to continue to work through Ohio State University Extension’s Ohio AgrAbility program. The program offers free on-site assessments for people with a disability, to help determine what assistive technology might enable them to continue to work. Ohio AgrAbility will offer three daily workshops at FSR to discuss what’s available for farmers who are injured or struggling with a physical disability and don’t want to give up farming.Two of the workshops Ohio AgrAbility will offer are on modifications to farm equipment, and another workshop is for professionals who work with individuals with disabilities. All workshops will take place under the Ohio AgrAbility tent on Land Avenue between Market and Kottman streets. The daily workshops for those who work with individuals with disabilities, which will be at 1:30 p.m., will provide an overview of what Ohio AgrAbility offers.The farm modifications workshops, which will be at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. daily, will address what changes can be made to farm equipment to allow farmers to use equipment effectively without causing undue strain or additional injuries.Laura Akgerman, disability services coordinator for the AgrAbility program, will also present “Gardening and Farming with Arthritis — It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” at the Small Farm Center Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m., and “Gardening with Arthritis” at the Utzinger Garden Sept. 19 and 21 at 10 a.m.Under the Ohio AgrAbility tent, people can see motorized doors for a barn, a motorized chair specially made to ride through rough terrain and a modified lawn mower that has shock absorbers to prevent a bumpy ride.“People might think ‘I don’t have a disability. I don’t need to know this.’ But we all get older,” said Akgerman.The assistive technology that will be discussed could be helpful to anyone, even those without a disability, Akgerman said. All farmers might benefit from having hand rails on a tractor or combine or a new seat with a suspension system that offers a smoother ride, she said.“If you could avoid an injury or chronic condition that aggravates your back or shoulders, causes you pain, or limits your productivity, why wouldn’t you?” Akgerman asked.One of the aims of the AgrAbility program is helping injured farmers keep from getting secondary injuries. For example, a farmer who struggles with arthritis or hip pain might find it challenging to climb up into the tractor, and in attempting to do so, could fall and possibly break a rib or another bone, said Charlie Landis, Ohio AgrAbility’s rural rehabilitation coordinator.“Farming is one of the more dangerous occupations in the country due to the amount of equipment on the farm and because farmers are working with animals and machinery with a lot of moving parts,” Landis said.An increasing number of farmers are aging, and as farmers get older, the odds of them injuring themselves increase, Landis pointed out.“People have to realize that they’re just not as strong or as quick as they used to be, but there are ways they can keep farming despite their injury, illness or disability,” he said.Ohio AgrAbility is a program provided through OSU Extension in partnership with Easter Seals Greater Cincinnati.last_img read more

Can Blackbox Republic Breathe New Life Into the Online Love Market?

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#NYT#social networks#web Would you pay $25 per month to belong to a social network for “sex positive” Burning Man types, with extensive privacy controls and real-world events planning? Former enterprise collaboration software marketing exec Sam Lawrence has co-founded a new company that launches tonight and has raised $1 million in funding in the belief that enough people are looking for exactly that.Blackbox Republic argues that the transaction-focused dating site market is unfulfilling for millions of people around the world.He and co-founder April Donato just completed a 50 city tour around the US and have stories to tell about waitresses at roadside cafes crying out that a site like Blackbox is just what they’ve been looking for. If you’re familiar, and comfortable with, the phrase “sex positive” then Blackbox might be the site for you, too. I have very mixed feelings about the service, but it sure is interesting.Lawrence and Donato define the phrase “sex positive” as meaning “open enough about sexuality that it’s not an issue.” (How neutral became positive, I don’t know, people like this have a way of creeping up on you I guess.) They point to queer and bisexual pop-culture icons and big public festivals like Burning Man and Berlin’s giant Love Parade as examples of this paradigm spreading around the world. They also point to Wikipedia’s definition of the phrase. Blackbox believes it can create a safe, respectful and fulfilling social network for people who are into that kind of thing. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… If this sounds like over-privileged, care-free, irresponsible promiscuity to you – then you’re probably not in the target market. (I’m not.) Many people will likely appreciate some of the site’s features, like the fact that new users are unable to view profiles of anyone but other new users until they are “vouched for” by an established user. Lawrence and Donato have a messianic vision to disrupt the online dating industry and bring community to a large and unserved group of people. A portion of each month’s membership fee will be donated to a charity of each user’s choice, creating another layer of connection between groups of people on the site.Make no mistake, though, this is a business. Lawrence’s last job was as Chief Marketing Officer at Jive Software, a high-powered collaboration software suite used by a number of the biggest companies in the US. He’s very good at attracting attention through intelligent engagement in online social media. The hot-button issues of love, sex and dating may be a big challenge to communicate about effectively, though. Blackbox’s vague inclusion in its plans of “virtual gifts” provided by product vendors may also be hard to balance with its adamantly expressed intention to prioritize authenticity.If sexuality “isn’t an issue” for you, but remains enough of an issue to interest you in sites like this, Blackbox Republic opens to the public tonight. It’s an interesting new approach to online social networking and could very well offer the kind of community that a growing number of people are looking for. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

#MeToo: Christian body assures fair hearing for Shillong sexual abuse victim

first_imgThe Congregation of Christian Brothers in India (CCBI) has assured “just and fair hearing” to a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy in Meghalaya capital Shillong almost three decades ago.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the CCBI said the “Christian Brothers stand in solidarity with and in support of any survivor of sexual abuse”. This followed a Facebook post as part of the #MeToo movement against one of its members.In her post a few days ago, 40-year-old Mary Therese Kurkalang had named two Catholic priests – Brother Francis Gale of St. Edmund’s School and Brother Muscat of Don Bosco – as having sexually abused her when she was a child.The CCBI statement did not make it clear which of the two Brothers the congregation has referred to.“We are committed to a just and fair hearing to both the complainant and the alleged abuser, through a formal process as laid out in our protection policy – Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. This policy looks into all cases of abuse, past and present, so as to ascertain with compassion the truth and support the survivor towards achieving a peaceful closure while taking appropriate action against the alleged abuser, if found guilty,” the statement from Brother J. Johnson, society protection officer of CCBI’s Profession Ethics Commission, said.“Accordingly, a due procedure will be initiated as laid out in our said policy to take this serious allegation forward towards arriving at the truth and assisting the survivor with necessary help to attain due closure. Even as these internal processes are carried out, we stand committed to cooperating with the agencies of the law,” the statement said.Ms Kurkalang took to Facebook last week to write: “Three years ago, at the age of 37, I finally decided that I needed professional help and found a wonderful counsellor. Through the months of counselling, there is one session that stands out for me, where I felt literally like someone lifted this huge boulder lodged in my chest that was there since I was 5 years old.“What she said to me at that session was that as a child, from a broken family, an economically poor background, left to my own defences, I made the ‘ideal profile’ of the victim for a sexual predator. Even though as an adult, I understand and can differentiate that I was not responsible, it is hard to really feel and live that knowledge, to not blame myself. What my counsellor said to me that day answered the ‘why’ I have asked over and over again ‘why me’ and it gave me such huge relief to have finally found an answer that I knew to be true. It’s a long journey and an ongoing one to stay whole, balanced, sane as someone who was sexually abused through my childhood, age 5 till age 12.”She said she had attempted suicide thrice as a teenager and young adult, twice landing in hospital in a serious condition. “Through the years I have struggled to find comfort and sanity in spirituality, immersing myself in work, and later, in a close circle of friends I trust, these have helped me pull through. There will always be a part of me that is a big gaping hole of sorrow and darkness – of a childhood I did not know, of an innocence I never knew, of the fear and deep shame I have lived with for so long, and for not being believed, not being protected, and for the deep injustice I felt,” she said.She went on to name Brothers Gale and Muscat, recollecting the many ways in which they abused her.last_img read more

Stakeholders in St. James Welcome Extension of SOE

first_imgStory Highlights St. James business and tourism interests say they are in strong support of the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) in the parish, arguing that “Montego Bay and neighbouring communities have never felt safer”. St. James business and tourism interests say they are in strong support of the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) in the parish, arguing that “Montego Bay and neighbouring communities have never felt safer”.Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, told JIS News it is clear that the SOE is working, and every effort should be made “to keep a good thing going”.“We have to keep ostracising the criminals… . We can’t give them any breathing space. We have to speak with one voice as a nation and to let them know that there is no place where they will be safe,” he added.On May 1, the House of Representatives unanimously voted to extend the SOE in St. James until August 2, 2018.Mayor Davis said since the SOE, crime has taken a welcomed nosedive and that “the criminals are on the run”.“If they are planning a ‘waiting out’ strategy, we have to show that our resolve is stronger than theirs. We can’t give them any opportunity to regroup… no opportunity to come back and set up shop,” the Mayor said.“We have made some tremendous gains, which in no way we can allow to be reversed. That would be nothing short of a tragedy and something I am sure none of us want,” he emphasised.For his part, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said everything should be done to send the criminals a message that their days of waging terror on the streets are over.“We have to remain committed. We cannot allow the crime situation to get back out of control,” he said.Newly elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Winston Lawson, said the Chamber welcomed the extension.“The Chamber lauds the tremendous work of the joint security forces since the advent of the SOE and recognises the significant successes in reducing the crime levels,” he said.“We hope the extension time is used to strategise in transitioning away from the SOE,” Mr. Lawson said. “We have to keep ostracising the criminals… . We can’t give them any breathing space. We have to speak with one voice as a nation and to let them know that there is no place where they will be safe,” he added. Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, told JIS News it is clear that the SOE is working, and every effort should be made “to keep a good thing going”.last_img read more