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The absurdity of Israel Folau being cast as a victim

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In today’s instalment of ‘how did we get here?’ let’s discuss Israel Folau.The talented athlete, who was raised as a Mormon before converting to the Pentecostal Church as an adult, has dominated news headlines in Australia for the better part of
'In today’s instalment of ‘ how did we get here? ’ let’s discuss Israel Folau . The talented athlete, who was raised as a Mormon before converting to the Pentecostal Church as an adult, has dominated news headlines in Australia for the better part of 2019.For the past week it’s been wall-to-wall coverage on every medium.In 2017 Folau publicly announced his disapproval of Rugby Australia’s support for the ‘Yes’ vote in the national  plebiscite on same-sex marriage . He expressed the Pentecostal view that gay people should ‘repent or face Hell’ and he earned a rebuke from his employer Rugby Australia because of it.Just before Easter this year, shortly after signing a four-year contract with Rugby Australia worth $4million, Folau shared a biblical quote on social media again indicating that homosexuals would go to hell.Rugby Australia said his post constituted a “high level” breach of its “inclusiveness” commitment and announced their intention to sack him.The matter was considered in a high profile disciplinary hearing and his contract with Rugby Australia was terminated.Folau decided to fight back and mount a legal challenge.He says he’s being persecuted for his religious views.Others say he’s pedalling hate speech.Rugby Australia say he breached his contract.Last week Folau, who has played Rugby, AFL and Rugby League professionally and been remunerated richly in each code, set up a GoFundMe page to fundraise for the ‘fight of his life’. He said his livelihood is under threat due to the legal fees.This is certainly at odds with his income over the past decade and reports in the Sydney Morning Herald that his property portfolio is worth $7million.Analysis: Israel Folau’s salary has risen from $35,000 to $1 million and he has accumulated a property portfolio worth more than $7 million, so don't feel sorry for him over GoFundMe's decision, writes Roy Masters https://t.co/WxcEcxdlH8 — The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) June 24, 2019 It proved extremely contentious with many Australians, including at least one former Wallabies teammate, who were appalled at what they described as Folau’s ‘greed’. A number of tragic situations in which families are desperately raising money for potentially life-saving medical treatments and procedures for acutely ill children were highlighted as far more worthy.Yet guess who raised more money within a few days?YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract, the kids below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in & yet YOU think YOU deserve donations more than they do??!! It’s no longer about religion, it’s about YOU and YOUR greed. @IzzyFolau pic.twitter.com/mdywzaw1ha — Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) June 21, 2019 On Monday, after more than $750,000 had been contributed for his legal fees, Go Fund Me announced they were pulling Folau’s campaign and would refund the donations because it breached their terms of service. “We do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion,” Nicole Britton from Go Fund Me Australia said in a statement.There is justice sometimes! 'We're committed to fight for equality': GoFundMe axes Israel Folau's campaign https://t.co/Hgat5pnyTX via @ABCNews — Prof Anita Heiss (@AnitaHeiss) June 24, 2019 Folau was “disappointed”. On Tuesday morning the Australian Christian Lobby set up a fundraising campaign of its own for Folau and kicked in $100,000 to get it started.A few hours later a further $290,000 had been volunteered.ACL has donated $100,000 to Israel Folau, and launched an alternative fundraising site. \'There is an outpouring of support for Israel Folau from the Australian community, who see Israel’s case as their case.\' @MartynLloydIles https://t.co/XRS55iGa4M — ACL (@ACLobby) June 24, 2019 This subject dominated the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night.One panellist, Sally Rugg, executive director of Change.org Australia, author and activist  was inexplicably calm in the face of the absurdity of what Fairfax columnist Neil McMahon described as appearing on national television “being invited to take part in a civilised debate about whether she and her like should be condemned to burn for eternity”. “I feel like we have been doing  Q&A for, what, four minutes now, and already we’ve had several people repeat the claim that someone like me is going to hell unless I repent or there is something vague about me needing to be saved and that was an act of kindness for someone to say that I would need to be saved … as if these words don’t mean things.And they don’t do things.” The face of a woman well-practiced at listening to men talk bullshit #qanda pic.twitter.com/RPyg9GOvET — Greg Jericho (@GrogsGamut) June 24, 2019 When asked how Folau’s views impact her she was frank. “How do they make me feel?They make me feel sick.They make me feel tired.” Yesterday I asked how we have found ourselves in a place where the president of the United States can be accused of sexually assaulting multiple women without it causing a ripple.Today I ask how have we found ourselves in a place where an individual like Israel Folau, who has enjoyed the trappings of wealth and talent and success that others might dream of, is viewed as a persecuted minority for facing consequences?Where his right to make public comments that make other individuals ‘feel sick’ about something they can’t change about themselves ranks above their right not to be derided?Above the terms of an employment contract?Above an organisation’s right to be intentional about promoting inclusivity?Frankly it’s astonishing that anyone could conceive of Israel Folau as a victim.The fact that enough people believe it and are willing to give him hundreds and thousands of dollars because of it?That’s a miracle I am happy to have no part in. . 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Why big super is a big risk for the ASX

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'AustralianSuper, for instance, is expected to increase its private equity investment from $6 billion to about $15 billion over the next five years.The move by the big industry funds into private equity, of course, makes eminent sense.Because of their strong funds inflows, they’re able to buy and hold large stakes in private companies without having to worry about liquidity risks.The growth in private capital markets poses a risk to public share markets around the globe.David Rowe That means that they’re much more comfortable holding unlisted investments than traditional fund managers.What’s more, it’s also in line with developments offshore, where there has been a sharp decline in the number of publicly traded companies listed on US and European sharemarkets over the past two decades.Raising capital This huge increase in unlisted assets as a share of the global capital market is partly a reaction to the tighter regulations and more stringent reporting requirements that public companies now face.But it also reflects the fact that companies no longer have to list on a stock exchange in order to raise large dollops of capital.The private capital markets are now capable of providing more than enough capital to fund their growth, particularly given that most of it is flowing to firms in capital-light industries.Easy access to private capital means that companies tend to stay in the unlisted space much longer than in the past before deciding  – as US ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have done in the past few months – to make their public market debut.And one of the the traditional defects of private capital markets – their lack of liquidity – is improving as the big global financial institutions increasingly trade assets among themselves.The risk to public sharemarkets – that they’ll become increasingly exposed to the older, slower-growing sectors, rather than to  innovative tech firms – would result in Australia facing an increased dominance of the banking, retail and mining sectors.These are unlikely to generate the exciting stocks of the future.Encouraging tech The ASX, of course, is well aware of this risk, and has has been energetically encouraging new technology listings, including from overseas-based companies, to increase its offering of high-growth technology stocks.Investors have responded enthusiastically.The ASX’s WAAAX stocks (WiseTech, Afterpay, Altium, Appen and Xero) have put in a stellar performance since the beginning of the year.Shares in logistics software group WiseTech, for instance, are trading above $28, up from $17 at the beginning of the year, while fintech Afterpay has seen its share price climb from $12 at the beginning of the year to close to $24.As the ASX’s Stevens explained in a BOSS interview published this month: “If we left technology to other exchanges then capital, companies, investors and exciting growth opportunities would go elsewhere, and our public market would become less relevant.” Attracting foreign tech companies to list on the ASX, he added, helped to foster a viable ecosystem, which would encourage high-quality local tech companies to stay in Australia, keeping them accessible to Australian investors.Still, Stevens faces an uphill battle to prevent ASX’s share of total capital market activity from shrinking over time.Especially now that the appetite of the country’s massive industry funds for unlisted assets – both domestically and offshore – has been whetted.Source link Finance News Australia . The post Why big super is a big risk for the ASX appeared first on Australia News Today .'

How Kate Sutton kick-started global demand for personalised jewellery

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When Kate Sutton started hand-crafting jewellery in her garage in the early 2000s, she had no idea it would spark global demand for personalised jewellery.Her hand-crafted jewellery company Uberkate is the original home of Ubercircles, a unique
'When Kate Sutton started hand-crafting jewellery in her garage in the early 2000s, she had no idea it would spark global demand for personalised jewellery.Her hand-crafted jewellery company Uberkate is the original home of Ubercircles, a unique jewellery product that allows you to carry the names of loved ones around your neck.These creations began a new, now global wave of personalised jewellery design. “While I was pregnant, I hand forged my first set of three Ubercircles  and I kept thinking about how I could personalise them,” Sutton told Women’s Agenda recently. “I’d carried a set of vintage letter stamps around for years and one day the penny dropped.I decided to use them to emboss my name, my husband’s name and kept one spare for our yet to be named baby.” When Kate started the business with her husband Adam in 2003, personalised jewellery wasn’t a big thing.She spotted a gap in the market, took a leap and many years later, Uberkate has over 10 collections.Sutton tells Women’s Agenda about the early days of Uberkate and how it has taken her 15 years to enjoy the freedom that comes along with running her own business.Where did your passion for creating personalised jewellery come from?While working as a TV producer at Channel 9 I fell pregnant with my first baby and I was taking silver smithing classes during the evenings and playing with metal in my garage every spare minute I had.While I was pregnant, I hand forged my first set of three Ubercircles and I kept thinking about how I could personalise them.I’d carried a set of vintage letter stamps around for years and one day as I walked past them the penny dropped.I decided to use them to emboss my name, my husband’s name and kept one spare for our yet to be named baby.There was no such thing as personalised jewellery at the time, there was nothing like the circles available.And so, my little business was born from my desire to carry my little baby Lulu’s name with me when we were together and apart.My little baby is nearly 17 and our business continues to forge and craft these circles for Australian families.Talk us through the initial stages of deciding to pursue your passion project, Uberkate?It was all a bit loose and accidental.I had a great group of creative friends in media and one of my friends offered to make me a website.Another friend offered to take photos and yet another was a graphic designer and offered to pull it all together.It was 2002 and Australians weren’t comfortable buying things online, it wasn’t until 2005 that the website business really started to take off.I have always followed opportunities because I like to see where they can take you.I set small goals in the beginning of the business and celebrated reaching each one.I still celebrate the small moments in business, a lovely thank you email from a client or a message online telling you you’ve created an heirloom they will always cherish and then pass down never gets old.What benefits has running your own business brought to your life?FREEDOM and choice.I say freedom in caps because it’s taken me 15 years to enjoy that benefit of running my own business.I have an incredible team who I adore, and we create magic together.Everyday has to have fun in it or it’s not worth the hard work.For many years I worked 12-hour days to keep the business growing and now that we’ve got solid foundations I get to be creative and travel to source gemstones and for inspiration.There is now a global demand for personalised jewellery.Why do you think it’s so popular?Jewellery is a form of self-expression and our personalised jewellery shows the world the importance of the people embedded in precious metal.When I made the first set of three circles 17 years ago there was nothing like it out there.It’s part of my DNA and I had no idea it would become what it has.I remember when we first started approaching retailers to carry our range, they all thought we were mad trying to customise jewellery in a short space of time and get it out to clients.Many in the industry doubted we could sustain manufacturing and shipping.I’m proud that we are the founders of personalised jewellery and we continue to innovate.In 2015 we won an award to create the software to allow us to scan and engrave peoples handwriting and drawings into gold and silver.We create jewellery with the words of loved ones who’ve passed, and it brings so much comfort to our clients.What are the biggest challenge/s you have faced or are still facing since starting Uberkate?Finding a balance between work and home/life/ being a mum.When my children were little I worked crazy hours and I don’t think I was as ‘present’ as I could have been.But the flip side is that if I hadn’t worked so many hours the business wouldn’t be what it is today.Every day there is a challenge when you are a small business.My husband Adam and my best mate Sonia both work with me and having two people to bounce things off and analyse a situation with makes you feel less alone and helps you make more informed decisions.In the early days I was the only one working in the business and I often found the constant decision-making overwhelming.In those days I bounced things around with my Dad who learnt silversmithing along side me during my 20’s.Surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart.What’s your advice for other women looking to establish their own business in a creative field?DO IT!Consider it a rollercoaster and you can enjoy the ride.I personally believe every woman has a small business bubbling away inside her.You need a flexible mindset to run a business, and octopus arms to keep all the balls in the air, but it’s so incredibly rewarding to watch something you create come to life and flower.When I’m sitting in my recliner chair in my 90’s I know I won’t be wondering “what might have been” … start that business today! . The post How Kate Sutton kick-started global demand for personalised jewellery appeared first on Women's Agenda .'

How did we get here? Trump is accused of rape & it barely registers

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It’s the fact that a woman penning a powerful and shocking essay detailing how she alleges the man who is now the President of the United States raped her 25 years ago, almost seems normal that is most disturbing.It is so ‘normal’ that it doesn’t
'It’s the fact that a woman penning a powerful and shocking essay detailing how she alleges the man who is now the President of the United States raped her 25 years ago, almost seems normal that is most disturbing.It is so ‘normal’ that it doesn’t make front page news.An extract from writer and longtime advice columnist E.Jean Carrol’s new book What Do We Need Men For?A Modest Proposal was published online in New York’s The Cut over the weekend and is an excruciating read.I think I read this without being able to draw breath.A portrait of a generation of ordinary men and their entitlement.An Excerpt From E.Jean Carroll’s ‘What Do We Need Men For?’ https://t.co/PxWanL0xWM — Virginia Trioli (@LaTrioli) June 22, 2019 In the piece Carroll recounts 21 of the ‘Most Hideous Men’ of her Life. “It is a list of the 21 most revolting scoundrels I have ever met.I started it in October 2017, the day Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published their Harvey Weinstein bombshells in the New York  Times.As the riotous, sickening stories of #MeToo surged across the country, I, like many women, could not help but be reminded of certain men in my own life.” The last man on her list is Donald Trump and she explains, in astonishing detail, the night he sexually assaulted her in a change room in the department store Bergdorf Goodman in New York.Trump denies it.In comments to reporters on Saturday, President Trump again denied that he had sexually assaulted the advice columnist E.Jean Carroll in the mid-1990s. https://t.co/jVMF0hE08z — The New York Times (@nytimes) June 23, 2019 He also denied knowing who Carroll was but a photograph that accompanied the piece with Carroll and Trump together at a party in 1987 with their respective spouses at the time reveals they had definitely met.The White House today issued a statement from President Trump denying that he ever met E.Jean Carroll in his life.Here's the @NYMag photo of the two of them talking in 1987 pic.twitter.com/RqVH4Qe2mx — David Frum (@davidfrum) June 21, 2019 Carroll knew Trump would deny the allegations: he has done so consistently. “…he has denied accusations of sexual misconduct made by at least 15 credible women, namely, Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Jill Harth, Cathy Heller, Temple Taggart McDowell, Karena Virginia, Melinda McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Jessica Drake, Ninni Laaksonen, Summer Zervos, Juliet Huddy, Alva Johnson, and Cassandra Searles.” A very hard read.How many women does it take to accuse a man before they are believed? 15? 50? 100?I will go to my grave not knowing how how ppl vote for a person that they know is a sexual predator? https://t.co/O9smmCA7f1 — Sue Middleton (@Middleton_Says) June 23, 2019 Who did she tell?Two friends, in the immediate aftermath, both of whom confirmed this to the Cut.Why has she waited to ‘come forward’ until now?In her words: “Receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud, and joining the 15 women who’ve come forward with credible stories about how the man grabbed, badgered, belittled, mauled, molested, and assaulted them, only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them, never sounded like much fun.Also, I am a coward.” Had it not been caught on tape does anyone believe Donald Trump wouldn’t have denied bragging about being able to ‘grab women by the pussy’? It was caught on tape.We all heard him say that.He actually bragged about using his fame to sexually assault women.Yet we are expected to take his denials of sexual assault as gospel?And we’re supposed to doubt the veracity of the different versions of hell recounted and retold by 15 different women of being sexually assaulted by the same man? “I am a member of the Silent Generation.We do not flap our gums.We laugh it off and get on with life” https://t.co/AfmgdwTfoL pic.twitter.com/vW6ilqx9ch — The Cut (@TheCut) June 21, 2019 E Jean Carroll ’s is another credible account of a serious crime being allegedly perpetrated by the man who is now President of the United States and we are so acclimatised to it that it doesn’t make front page news.It barely rates a headline.It is frankly astonishing that the @nytimes is treating a credible accusation of rape against the president by a well-known journalist as *a book publishing story* https://t.co/60I7LxsocU — Joshua Benton (@jbenton) June 22, 2019 How did we get here? . The post How did we get here?Trump is accused of rape & it barely registers appeared first on Women's Agenda .'

Ash Barty takes the world number one spot, a first in 43 years

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It was a win in Birmingham that sealed the deal for Ash Barty, ending a brilliant month for the Australian player by seeing her become the world number one.It’s the first time an Australian women has held the spot since 1976, when Barty’s hero
'It was a win in Birmingham that sealed the deal for Ash Barty, ending a brilliant month for the Australian player by seeing her become the world number one.It’s the first time an Australian women has held the spot since 1976, when Barty’s hero Evonne Goolagong Cawley was at the helm.She’s the 5th Australian to hold the spot and the first overall since Lleyton Hewitt had it in June 2003.And it comes after Barty won the French Open earlier this month, and now goes on to play at Wimbledon.She’s had 36 wins so far this year and just six defeats.Barty’s rise to the top has been swift since she came back from a sabbatical in 2016, then ranked 623.Barty had spent the 18 months playing Big Bash cricket with Brisbane Heat.Aussie Aussie Aussie, No 1⃣, No 1⃣,No 1⃣! @ashbar96 is the new WTA World Number One pic.twitter.com/N9wVfw8Uj1 — WTA (@WTA) June 23, 2019 Barty’s win in Birmingham WTA event late last night, 6-3, 7-5 over Julia Georges, was the final hurdle to get there, following a shock loss from the previous world number one Naomi Osaka in the second round.It was Barty’s twelfth straight win.In the lead up to the match, Barty said that if she won the world number one ranking would be a “bonus”, but that it wouldn’t “change the way that I sleep at night, if I don’t get there or not. if it happens, it happens.If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.” . The post Ash Barty takes the world number one spot, a first in 43 years appeared first on Women's Agenda .'