This outrageous…Len Brown went on TV, demanded privacy and respect for his family….and now he has thrust them into the game by issuing a press release that could only have been crafted by his council paid spin weasels.
What a shameless disgusting man….he has thrust them very much into the game of politics and his dreadful House of Cards.
The press release is all about his work and the mayoralty. Nothing about being a shit husband and absent father, not to mention being a lying, cheating ratbag to his family.
He demands respect for his family then disrespects them by allowing this. Read more »
A reader points us to some more interesting background information
This article explains what Oracle did to their boat.
I also hear (from a friend who is in Oracle) that Core Boat builders who made the boats shipped their hydro dynamic testing gear and bake ovens to San Fran on the day of the third race. So when they said to media they didn’t make any parts here to ship up that’s true. Larry hired a jumbo jet and packed their kit up to San Fran, where they took the second boat to the ex naval base dry dock up the harbour and used it to test foils and make fittings to fit this device described in this article.
So it appears there is a grey area that Oracle exploited but which now looks like could open them up to a legal challenge as to its legality…
From TVNZOndemand‘s Facebook comments:
THOUGHTS RE ORACLE’S REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE TURNAROUND.
1. It is well recognised that Oracle was having serious foiling stability difficulties at the outset of the regatta and that their performance could not match that of ETNZ. Read more »
The NZ Herald has an article about cheating.
“A Colmar Brunton survey has revealed that 81 per cent of adults admitted cheating of some kind – including 36 per cent cheating in their relationship and 22 per cent at work.”
I’m not sure how you cheat “at work”. It isn’t explained in the article. Read more »
Lance Armstrong is a serial drug cheat. Evidence of his cheating is now a veritable avalanche:
[T]he evidence revealed “conclusive and undeniable proof that brings to the light of day for the first time this systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy.”
The evidence against Armstrong features financial payments, e-mails, scientific analyses and laboratory test results that show Armstrong doped and was the kingpin of the doping conspiracy, the agency said. Several years of Armstrong’s blood values showed evidence of doping, the report said.
“It’s shocking, it’s disappointing,” said Travis Tygart, chief executive of the antidoping agency. “But we did our job.”
Worse it was a state funded team-run doping conspiracy.
While the criminal investigation is no more, an inquiry by the Department of Justice is continuing, sparked by Landis’s filing a federal whistle-blower lawsuit charging that Armstrong and the team management defrauded the government by using taxpayer dollars to finance the squad’s doping program.
He claimed that Armstrong and the team management were aware of the widespread doping on the team when the squad’s contract with the Postal Service clearly stated that any doping would constitute default of their agreement, said two people with knowledge of the case. Those people did not want their names published because the case is still under seal.
Landis filed the lawsuit under the False Claims Act, the people with knowledge of the matter said, and those suits give citizens the right and financial incentive to bring lawsuits on the government’s behalf.
If the government decides to join the lawsuit and recovers any money because of it, Landis will be eligible to receive a percentage of the money.
It is thought that Landis could scalp back around 30%.
Award-winning journalist Eric Young has satisfied his bosses with an apology on Twitter for an expletive-laden tweet calling for an Olympics drug cheat to hand over her shot put gold medal.
Bosses at Sky News Australia, who employ Young as a broadcaster on Prime TV, said there was no further discipline for his angry comments on the social networking site last month.
The veteran reporter has not tweeted since August 14 when he caused a stir with his comments directed at Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was stripped of her gold medal and the prize awarded to Kiwi Valerie Adams.
His tweet that attracted criticism called Ostapchuk a “f***ing cheating cow” and told her to “hand it [the gold medal] over you b****”.
“Sky News views these matters very seriously. Senior management has spoken with Eric and the matter is now closed,” director of news and programs Ian Ferguson said today.
Young declined to comment when contacted by APNZ.
David Shearer cannot buy a vowel at the moment. He is confusing everyone.
After stuttering and stumbling through name-dropping New Zealand’s Olympic medal winners Shearer joked about turning up late to meetings this past fortnight. Mighty fine when you are trying to lead and inspire others in your Party and cannot be bothered getting to a meeting on time because you slept in. Can anyone imagine Helen Clark saying this in the time the knives were out to get her?
Shearer then bum fluffed acknowledging David Holman/Hoffman/Howard (it’s David Howman who is married to former TV3 reporter Jane Young) Director of the World anti-doping agency WADA.
Looks like Ian Fraser will be churning out a few more hours teaching Shearer how to speak publicly and not stuff his lines up while trying to score cheap political points.
Forget performance enhancing drugs, how about genetically modified athletes? Forget the pretence…let’s have the Freak Olympics with no restrictions at all…it would be freakin’ awesome:
After Ye Shiwen shocked the Olympics with her performance in the 400 meter individual medley, swimming the last 50 meters faster than Ryan Lochte, the men’s champion in the event, a long-time American coach ominously hinted that perhaps a new kind of performance enhancement had arrived on the athletic scene.
“If there is something unusual going on in terms of genetic manipulation or something else, I would suspect over eight years science will move fast enough to catch it,” John Leonard, the American executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, said.
It’s important to note that there is no evidence that Ye engaged in any doping practice, let alone something as new and high-tech as genetic manipulation.
But, the fact that genetic manipulation was even on the table or in the ether as the example Leonard gave in his accusation is remarkable. So I set out to find out how scientifically plausible it might be for Ye — or any athlete — to enhance his or her performance with current gene doping technology.
It is no surprise that Chinese athletes are yet again caught up on doping scandals. On the eve of the Olympics a former team doctors has broken her silence on doping:
CHINESE Olympians were subjected to a state-sponsored doping regime which was modelled on eastern Europe, says a retired Chinese Olympic doctor.
Steroids and human growth hormones were officially treated as part of ”scientific training” as China emerged as a sporting power through the 1980s and into the 1990s, she says.
Athletes often did not know what they were being injected with and medical staff who refused to participate were marginalised, she says.
”It was rampant in the 1980s,” Xue Yinxian told Fairfax, in her home in Beijing’s eastern suburbs. ”One had to accept it.”
The testimony of Dr Xue, whose elite roles included chief medical supervisor for the Chinese gymnastic team as it vied with the former Soviet Union for gold medals in the 1980s, will not surprise many veterans of Olympic sports.
She does not allege that all successful Chinese athletes used drugs and has refrained, at this stage, from publicising names.
But it is the first time anyone in the system has publicly contradicted Beijing’s line that a slew of embarrassing doping busts, particularly among the Chinese swimming team in the 1990s, was merely the result of ambitious individual athletes and ignorant provincial coaches. Her allegation comes as most of China’s 394-strong Olympic team arrives in London for the opening ceremony tonight, London time.
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