‘Deeply saddened’ Wallabies star Folau sacked over anti-gay comments

first_img0Shares0000Israel Folau played 73 Tests and was one of the sport’s most marketable players © AFP/File / GEOFF CADDICKSydney, Australia, May 17 – Wallabies star Israel Folau said he was “deeply saddened” and considering his options Friday after being sacked for homophobic comments in a case that looks to have ended his glittering career in Australia.The devoutly Christian fullback was found guilty of a “high-level” breach of Rugby Australia’s code of conduct last week, with a three-person tribunal deciding it warranted the termination of his lucrative Aus$4.0 million four-year contract. He has 72 hours to appeal, with reports that he plans to take the case to the Supreme Court.“It’s been a privilege and honour to represent Australia and my home state of New South Wales, playing the game I love,” Folau said in a statement.“I am deeply saddened by today’s decision to terminate my employment and I am considering my options.”He went to the tribunal to challenge Rugby Australia’s intention to fire him after he posted that “hell awaits” gay people and others he says are sinners.It followed a similar tirade last year, with the case proving complex and divisive, pitting his right to free speech against restrictions on hate speech.Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle said the outcome was “a painful situation for the game”.“Rugby Australia did not choose to be in this situation, but Rugby Australia’s position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue this course of action,” she said.“Our clear message to all rugby fans today is that we need to stand by our values and the qualities of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork.”While Folau’s post sparked outrage from some quarters, RA’s handling of the case has also upset players of Pacific island heritage who fear their religious beliefs are under attack.Castle said she had communicated the decision to key players to make clear “Rugby Australia fully supports their right to their own beliefs and nothing that has happened changes that”. “But when we are talking about inclusiveness in our game, we’re talking about respecting differences as well,” she added.“When we say rugby is a game for all, we mean it. People need to feel safe and welcomed in our game regardless of their gender, race, background, religion, or sexuality.”Folau said in his statement that “upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club or country”.“Thank you also to those who have spoken out in my defence, some of whom do not share my beliefs but have defended my right to express them,” he added.Several Wallabies teammates paid tribute to him, including Samu Kerevi and Sekope Kepu.“Will miss going to battle with you my Toko (brother),” Kepu wrote on Instagram.– Not part of the deal –The three-person tribunal heard evidence from Folau, Castle and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.Its decision effectively ends the 30-year-old’s sporting career in Australia, after rugby league vowed he would not be welcomed there either. Playing for an overseas club remains an option.Folau, who has been capped 73 times and was one of the sport’s most marketable players, has been unshakeable in his convictions, vowing to continue uploading religious material.Australian LGBTI group Pride in Sport commended Rugby Australia for its “leadership and courage”, but former Wallabies coach Alan Jones, now an influential radio broadcaster known for his conservative views, was not impressed.“They’ve alienated him, they’ve destroyed his employment and internationally destroyed his name for quoting the bible for God’s sake,” Sydney’s Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.Super Rugby’s record try-scorer has not played since posting a banner on Instagram last month that read: “Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators — Hell awaits you.”The row upset backers of the game with sportswear company ASICS dumping him as a brand ambassador while Qantas, the Wallabies biggest sponsor, made clear it was not happy.The airline is run by openly gay chief executive Alan Joyce who warned last week: “We don’t sponsor something to get involved in controversy. That’s not part of the deal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WATCH: Portuguese full-back nets eye-opening scorcher for Braga B

first_imgPortuguese youngster Nurio Fortuna surprised even himself, it seems, as he found the net from an incredible distance for Braga B.The 20-year-old couldn’t quite believe it as his speculative long-range effort proved unstoppable against over Farense.Unfortunately – and despite his wild celebrations – the eye-popping drive only proved a consolation, as the reserve side slipped to a 3-2 defeat.Check out the sublime finish in the video above!last_img

VIDEO: Januzaj shows Man United what they’re missing with silky skills video

first_imgAdnan Januzaj has sent a subtle reminder to Manchester United fans of what they’re missing with a video showcasing his incredible freestyle talents.The footage shows Januzaj enjoying a kick-about with fellow Sunderland new boy Papy Djilobodji after training, with some serious skills on display.The 21-year-old is on a season-long loan from the Red Devils and will be keen to reproduce some of these moves on the pitch before his return to Old Trafford.Enjoy the skill session in the video here!last_img

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 13: Which top stars made the cut?

first_img Defender: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – 86 rating (+3) 12 FIFA have announced their 13th Team of the Week for the 2017/18 season and gamers will be loving the pace they could pack.With some exceptional performances over the last week, an astonishing five Premier League players made the first XI, along with two top LaLiga stars.These in form cards will be available in FIFA 18 packs from 6pm (UK time) December 13, until 6pm (UK time) on December 20, 2017.To see the FIFA 18 Team of the Week click the right arrow above to find out… 12 The FIFA 18 Team of the Week 13 squad in full… Defender: Winston Reid (West Ham) – 82 rating (+3) Midfielder: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – 86 rating (+4) 12 Goalkeeper: Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan) – 89 rating (+2) – Click the right arrow above to see who else made FIFA 18 Team of the Week 13… Midfielder: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – 86 rating (+3) 12 12 Striker: Vincent Aboubakar (Porto) – 82 rating (+3) 12 Defender: Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid) – 84 rating (+3) 12 Midfielder: Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow) – 84 rating (+2) 12 Striker: Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth) – 83 rating (+3) 12 Striker: Valerie Germain (Marseille) – 83 rating (+3) 12 12 Midfielder: Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) – 84 rating (+2) 12last_img read more

Omnidrive: Officially Cooked?

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… josh catone 1 Omnidrive, the Australian-based online storage solution that we named “tops in its class” last summer and was once called the “clear leader” in the space by TechCrunch, appears to have quietly joined the deadpool. Last week, the site’s domain name expired and the site is now displaying a Network Solutions parking page with the notice “omnidrive.com expired on 04/24/2008 and is pending renewal or deletion.” This is not the first brush with the deadpool that the company has had, but it certainly appears to be the last.We reported in December that Omnidrive appeared to be headed for the deadpool following months of uptime and support issues. After our post, CEO Nik Cubrilovic emailed us to assure us that the company was profitable and was planning to raise another round of funding this year. “While some might view not responding to forum posts and/or posting on our blog as a sign of being dead, it is just because we are so overloaded at the moment and have a lot to work on,” he told us.The site then went down in January, which Cubrilovic said was due to a failed hard drive. “We had a new server up within hours and we restored backups of the site, and it is up-and-running again,” he wrote in comments on a post at WebWorkerDaily. “I am really sorry for the inconvenience to our users of not being able to access the main site, although the actual Omnidrive servers were not affected at all and you would not have had any problems accessing your accounts.”We’ve been getting emails all winter from irate customers asking us to find out what’s up at Omnidrive. Without a domain name, it would appear that the troubled company is finally ready to join the deadpool. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#storage#web Note: we promise we didn’t plan for this to be the day of dead companies.UPDATE: Please see this post for a continuation of the Omnidrive saga.last_img read more

Health Privacy: Health Privacy Laws Aren’t Putting the Patient First

first_imgJames Pyles, co-founder and principal of the law firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter, & Verville, criticized the handlng of health information privacy in the US at a Health Privacy Summit in Washington DC.  It was reported  by Dan Bowman of FierceHealthIT and Diana Manos of Healthcare IT News.At the summit, Pyles criticized existing legislation like HIPAA, saying that it did not meet the standards for a best practice for privacy protection.  He said that HIPAA was originally intended as a means for physicians to get reimbursement and wasn’t written with patient privacy in mind.Pyles said that “We now have electronic disclosures of patient privacy that are entirely different from disclosures of paper records.  You can get a paper record back; you cannot get an electronic record back. You can disclose millions of electronic records simultaneously; you cannot do that with paper records.”  The electronic management of health care data is a ‘game changer’ according to Pyles.  “The damage that can be done to someone is perpetual.  And the damages that can be awarded are incalculable.”“One would think, if you were approaching healthcare privacy policy, the very first thing, the very top priority would be to ask what do the patients want?  Unfortunately, we have laws on the books that do not put the patient first.”last_img read more

Mashery Open-Sources Interactive API Documentation System

first_imgMashery recently open-sourced a new interactive API documentation system called Mashery I/O Docs. It’s available from Github.I/O Docs enables developers to experiment with API calls from within the documentation. You can see it in action at Posterous and WordnikAlibris and Klout (correction: the Posterous and Wordnik APIs were the inspiration for I/O Docs, but don’t use I/O Docs).Accoring to Mashery’s announcement: ” In surveys that Mashery conducted at SXSW and other events, developers consistently cited poor API documentation as a major obstacle to getting started with an API.” Cutting and pasting keys is also cited as an obstacle, so I/O Docs input keys automatically for logged-in developers.Mashery competes with Apigee, Programmable Web and others.Disclosure: Mashery is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor, as is Programmable Web’s parent company Alcatel-Lucent. Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#APIs#hack center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finleylast_img read more

Looking to get out of the SEO business? Good!

first_imgIt’s not your imagination — there’s no denying that SEO has become increasingly difficult over the last few years.A recent thread on WebmasterWorld highlighted this fact when a poster lamented the challenges he has faced adapting to changes in the SEO industry, and he said that he was considering leaving the industry entirely. This prompted Barry Schwartz to share a poll collecting feedback on the topic from a wider pool, and I was initially quite surprised to see that a large percentage of respondents shared the same concern as the original poster.In hindsight, I shouldn’t have been surprised at all. I can definitely understand the frustration. You build a business based on what you think the rules are, and almost immediately, they seem to change.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: Looking to get out of the SEO business? Good! Looking to get out of the SEO business? Good!You are here: Posted on 29th November 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingLooking to get out of the SEO business? Good!last_img read more

Tennessee ~ Corporate Income, Franchise Taxes: FAQs Concerning Receipts Factor for Telecom Industry Taxpayers Updated

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Tennessee Department of Revenue has updated its list of franchise and excise tax frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing the sourcing of receipts for taxpayers in the telecom industry.Subscribers can view the updated FAQs on the department’s website at https://revenue.support.tn.gov/hc/en-us/sections/200549025-Franchise-Excise-Tax?page=1#articles.Frequently Asked Questions, Franchise and Excise Tax, Tennessee Department of Revenue, January 5, 2017last_img