Casey Conway: Gay former NRL player and Aboriginal model, becomes face of NT sexual health campaign — JASON WILLIAMSON MANAGEMENT

As reported exclusively by the ABC, Australian youth worker, Aboriginal model and LGBTIQ advocate, Casey Conway has agreed to to lend his face, and body, to the Northern Territory’s latest sexual health campaign The Queenslander agreed to be the face of the campaign t designed to encourage people in the Top End to take their sexual […]

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Watene-Zelezniak suspension ends second chance at debut

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will have to wait until November this year to make his debut for the New Zealand after being suspended by the National Rugby League Match Review Committee. The man nicknamed ‘DWZ’ took an early guilty plea for his 75th minute tackle on Cronulla’s Wade Graham.  Jason Nightingale has been named as his replacement. Set…

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10 Things we’ve learnt from the Opening Round of Super League Results

ADAM LEAH

Super league is back! And with 6 fixtures having been played this past week, as well as Huddersfield’s victory over Wigan the previous week, each team has given a glimpse of what we can expect to see from them this year. Whether it’s new signings offering encouragement, or a poor start foreshadowing what is to come this season, here are 10 things we’ve learnt from the opening round.

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1) The Red Devils Revolution is on (Maybe)

‘Welcome to Hell’ was the message that greeted Wakefield as they arrived at the Salford City Stadium on Sunday. With a whole starting line up full of debutants, Salford began impressively, racing into a 18-0 lead at half time. However, Wakefield responded with 3 second half tries, but with Paul Sykes missing 2 vital conversions, the points belonged to Salford. It’s too early to tell which end of the table the Red Devils will…

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Making positives out of negatives

RYAN STIG

RYAN STIG (Photo credit: NAPARAZZI)

 

A lot of media attention has gone the way of Newcastle NRL player Ryan Stig and ex-NRL now boxer Anthony Mundine’s comments on homosexuality.

Let’s just have a brief recap of the remarks.  Firstly from Ryan Stig where his club has distanced itself from his comments.

And Anthony Mundine…

“Watching redfern now & they promoting homosexuality! (Like it’s ok in our culture) that ain’t in our culture & our ancestors would have there head for it! Like my dad told me GOD made ADAM & EVE not Adam & Steve.”

We know that Anthony Mundine is a publicity machine and his comments over the last decade have been both scary and attention seeking so take his comments with a grain of salt.

As for Ryan Stig, the heavily religious footballer I think his club need to send him on Social Media training to avoid further embarrassments.  Enough said on the young man who obviously has a few issues that he needs to work out in time.

I want to focus on the two people who are doing an exceptional job to ‘stand up’ and stop homophobia.

English: Ben Cohen at a LGTB reception at No10...

English: Ben Cohen at a LGTB reception at No10 to launch new campaign to kick homophobia and transphobia out of sport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ben Cohen is an ex rugby player who played at the highest level for his country.  His passion and efforts to ‘stand up’ and support the gay community are inspiring.  Ben’s charity work is respected even if it means gay guys buying calendars of him half-naked.

The other is David Pocock, born in Zimbabwe having seen his birth country fall into dictatorship.  He’s captained Australia at the highest level and has been just like Ben Cohen a supporter of the gay community and marriage equality.  He came out scathing of both Mundine and Stig.

I guess the key messages I want to get across is firstly, not all sportsmen are as red-neck and controversial as Mundine and Stig.

Secondly, I know some people in the gay community are upset.  My advice is to start following the Ben Cohen’s and David Pocock’s and relaying their positivity in the message they convey.

Finally, never ever think you are alone!

The Lion Roars!

English: Charlie Miller playing for the Queens...

English: Charlie Miller playing for the Queensland Roar against Sydney FC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was great to be at Suncorp Stadium for last night’s Brisbane Roar opening home game against Sydney FC.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the Roar after a less than impressive win over Wellington Pheonix last weekend.

Three goals in a seven minute period before half time put Sydney FC away.

The main talking point will be Del Piero who went off injured in the first half.  Sydney FC fans who travelled to Brisbane were stunned and very silent once the great player was subbed out.

To be fair Brisbane lost Berisha at around the twenty minute mark as well, but they adapted to live without the striker much better than Sydney did without Del Piero.  They could better adapt as they had a wealth of possession and dominated in the midfield.

For my part, I ended up buying a Brisbane Roar jersey… just adding to a memorable.  It was also a pleasure to catch up with Jonno Lester and Jamie Kruse, both Panther fans ‘north of the border’.

My brother and his wife (Sydney FC fans) again came to Brisbane and went away disappointed with the result.  I know that feeling so well having seen Penrith cop the end of hidings from the Brisbane Broncos.

 

Crazy Part 2

After dealing recently with a web host problem with a crazy web host, the provider requested my feedback.  I wonder if this will ever get to upper management so they realise how poor their service is.

Overall a very poorly handled enquiry from start to finish. I rang up within ten minutes of the original enquiry and was told I needed to pay $99 for Premium Support.  I spent 90 minutes on the phone with two customer service operators who often misunderstood what I was saying and were adamant at not helping me as the customer.  This was also demonstrated in an email trail with Reggie S where the responses at times were unprofessional.

I could not find any information on *CRAZY* site about what you call “Premium Support”.  I believe that *CRAZY* was misleading their customer, therefore I complained by email, and over the phone at the “hidden fee”.  I was continually told over the phone it’s all in the admin panel, but what happens if you are a new customer… how are you to be aware of the “Premium Support”?

There seems to be inconsistent answers from customer service staff, often unaware of what second level support are doing (possibly because of the lack of notes in the system). 

Customer Service Staff are unwilling to give different options to resolve enquiries. Sometimes promised call backs did not happen.  I felt that I needed to contact *CRAZY* to find out what was happening. 

From reading other customers complain about *CRAZY* through Social Media pages, I get the feeling that senior management does not care as they know they are offering a ‘cheap and nasty’ service.

A frustrating experience that will see me move my two webhosting packages to another web host provider.