0Shares0000Devout Christian Israel Folau, one of Australia’s top players, has been embroiled in a storm since posting on social media in April that gay people were destined for hell © AFP/File / WILLIAM WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Jun 4 – Star flanker David Pocock says he “strongly disagrees” with teammate Israel Folau’s anti-gay views but insists it will not affect harmony within the Wallabies camp ahead of this week’s Test against Ireland.Devout Christian Folau, one of Australia’s top players, has been embroiled in a storm since posting on social media in April that gay people were destined for hell, sending rugby chiefs into damage control. Pocock, a strong advocate of marriage equality, said he fears anti-gay social media posts by professional athletes will reverse steps taken to make sports more inclusive.“Having Australia’s best rugby player using his platform like that has the potential to really harm young people who are going through some pretty rough stuff trying to come to terms with their sexuality,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday.“They’re (trying to do) that in a culture that clearly hasn’t become inclusive enough. The fact there are still no footballers in Australia who are openly ‘out’, that says plenty about current sports culture and our society.”But Pocock, who is making his Test comeback in Australia’s three-game series against Ireland after a year’s sabbatical, insisted his differing views with Folau would not divide the Wallabies.“Absolutely (we can play together), I’ve got family who have those views and we’ve had it out over the years,” he said.“The bottom line is they’re family. You talk about it in a civil way … and when you do that you realise we’ve got far more common ground than we have in difference of belief.“I just don’t see who wins if we aren’t able to relate to each other as humans and keep talking about things rather than having these really nasty polarising debates to decide who is and isn’t part of our tribe based on their beliefs.Folau said his bond with Pocock was as strong as ever after a recent conversation between the two.“Poey came up to me and we started an open conversation about our different beliefs,” Folau told reporters.“We’re both grown men and we talked about things. Like I said, it was nothing personal and we respect each other fully. There’s a whole lot of respect in our team and I like that.“It won’t change anything when we step out onto the field … I’ll be there to cover him and so will he (for me).“We’re 100 percent behind each other.”Australia play Ireland in Brisbane on June 9, Melbourne on June 16 and Sydney on June 23.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… And here is Stallman, an avid folk dancer, busting a move to Soulja Boy: Here is Stallman patiently enduring a stupid question from an insufferable nerd, and then (at about 1:56) quickly eating some gunk that he’s dug up from between his toes: Tomorrow, March 16, is Richard M. Stallman’s 60th birthday. Stallman, also known as “rms,” is the father of the Free Software movement and the creator of the GNU Project and the GNU General Public License, or GPL. Some of the GNU stuff ended up in Linux, which is why he insists that anyone who speaks to him must call the operating system “GNU/Linux.”Stallman was once a prolific coder and self-proclaimed hacker, but now is more of an activist who spends much of his time traveling, giving speeches, distributing his “pleasure card” (as opposed to “business card,” geddit?) and wooing ladies. He’s also famous for having one of the most demanding contract riders in all of the world, one that lists a long list of rules governing the temperature of his sleeping quarters, what kind of pets he likes (parrots are best, but don’t buy one just for his visit!), how to speak to him and a list of foods he will not eat: “I do not eat breakfast. Please do not ask me any questions about what I will do [sic] breakfast. Please just do not bring it up.”A few years ago, when Linux was the cool new thing, Stallman seemed to be everywhere, usually arguing with someone in the “open source” movement and explaining why “free software” is not the same as “open source.” Hard to believe, but the world grew tired of this important debate and lately we don’t hear much from Stallman.But in honor of his special day, I’ve compiled some of my favorite Stallman videos. (I’ve left out the ones where he goes nuts at some event and starts shouting at people, but you can find them on your own.)Here is Stallman showing off his incredibly good Spanish accent and then singing his Free Software Song: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dan lyons Tags:#Free Software#GNU#GNU/Linux#Linux#Stallman And here are some of Stallman’s worshippers performing the Free Software Song. But I warn you – once you watch this video, you will never be able to unwatch it. Consider yourself warned. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has agreed a sale and leaseback deal for a total of seven vessels with CMB Financial Leasing. The vessels in question are the three Ultramaxes, the SBI Pegasus, SBI Subaru and SBI Ursa, and four Kamsarmax bulkers, SBI Lambada, SBI Macarena, SBI Carioca and SBI Capoeira.As part of the deals, Scorpio Bulkers will bareboat charter-in the vessels for a period of seven years. In addition, the company has purchase options beginning after the end of the third year of each agreement, as well as a purchase option for each vessel upon the expiration of each agreement.Upon completion of the transaction, expected in the second quarter of 2019, the company’s liquidity is set to increase by USD 57.2 million in aggregate, comprising USD 45.4 million upon closing after the repayment of outstanding debt and an additional tranche of up to USD 11.8 million for installation of scrubbers on the seven vessels.“We have undertaken a number of initiatives recently to enhance our liquidity. This transaction represents a single and important step, but we will continue to take actions which strengthen our balance sheet and, as importantly, address the valuation of our stock,” Emanuele Lauro, Scorpio Bulkers’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.