Tag: 上海虹口ty

Dr. Paul Wright argues about drug testing/spiking

first_img tremendous increase Drug-testing experts have noticed a tremendous increase in the size, strength, and speed of players in international rugby since the sport went professional in 1995. Surveys done in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa have indicated that among the young, steroid use is much greater than 10 per cent. However, in these countries, there’s a paucity of drug testing in schools and clubs, where the temptation to dope is high, due to the reluctance of doping authorities to test in schools, and the relatively little financial resources to extend testing to clubs, not involved in international competition. In Jamaica, the new and impressive JADCO website gives no indication of testing by sport, so we do not know if rugby is one of the many sports under the scrutiny of the local testing agency. What we do know is that when it comes to doping, there is a very obvious ‘Catch 22’: Take it seriously and catch people (because there are cheats in every area of human activity), or pretend to take it seriously and catch nobody. Do the former and you have a drug problem. do the latter and no problem – until a superstar makes a mistake and the edifice of propriety collapses. British online media have been reporting on the out-of-competition activities of a Jamaican superstar, with a letter writer to a Jamaican newspaper wondering about the possibility of the superstar imbibing ‘spiked’ drinks at one of the establishments where he has been filmed. This concern ties in with the allegation in Jamaica that sporting superstars have been known to order take-out food in their own name and personally come to pick it up minutes later. The national disaster that would accompany a subsequent test that revealed an adverse analytical finding in a test done after a meal spiked by (paid) accomplices of jealous competitors would demand that JADCO-sponsored seminars re the dangers of using banned substances and supplements be mandatory for elite athletes, with serious sanctions for those who consistently ‘have other engagements’ when these seminars are put on. No one wants to curtail the fun of any young sports superstar, but the fact that young, rich stars attract friends with ulterior motives cannot and must not be overstressed and ignored. A word to the wise is sufficient. The World Championships in rugby enters its knockout stage this week, with the main stories focusing on the capitulation of the England team to Australia in a dramatic win-or-go-home match, thus becoming the first host to be eliminated from the competition before the quarter-finals; and the claims by a 20-year-old British player, Daniel Spencer-Tonks, that doping “is widespread” in the sport. Spencer-Tonks is a former under-15 international player, who was caught using the banned steroid stanozolol in February this year and who received a four-year ban from the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD). As can be expected, the anti-doping testers in rugby in Britain have trotted out their statistics to reveal that of all the tests done, in and out of competition, only about 10 per cent reveal adverse analytical findings. They also state that more than 50 per cent of their tests are based on information received (target testing). This contrast (‘widespread doping’ versus ‘less than 10 per cent of tests positive’) highlights the belief that a significant percentage of sportsmen (and women) throughout all sports are using dope to cope with the demands of professional sports.last_img read more

Targeting taggers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNavarro found five locations with the same moniker officials had linked to Dominguez. The damage added up to hundreds of dollars – and a felony charge of graffiti vandalism for Dominguez. “Tagger mentality is `as long as I don’t get caught, they can’t pin it on me,”‘ said Navarro. “Now, I can pin all of their vandalism on them, even if we just catch them tagging one place.” It’s all part and parcel of the city’s new, tougher approach to tackling graffiti, which costs Montebello more than $300,000 a year in cleanup costs, said police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez. “We could use that money for other good things,” he said. In the past two years, graffiti has increased nearly seven-fold in Montebello. Navarro, who had led the department’s graffiti task force up until 2003, was reassigned to patrol that year because of budget shortages. That’s when graffiti began to soar in the city, Couso-Vasquez said. In 2003, city public works employees removed graffiti from 8,443 locations. Last year, vandals hit more than 56,000 locations. Along with the newly reconstituted graffiti task force, the Police Department is purchasing a cutting-edge graffiti tracking system, which uses global positioning satellite technology to map vandalism. The Graffiti Tracker system can, with the click of a mouse, make elaborate records of the vandalism of individual graffiti taggers instantly available. It is Internet-based and can connect with Google’s Mapquest program to show a map of all the locations that an individual tagger has vandalized. Since Navarro joined the anti-graffiti effort in March, officers have made 74 misdemeanor arrests and 10 felony arrests for graffiti vandalism. That same month, workers cleaned graffiti from 4,731 locations. In April, however, the number of cleanups decreased to 3,790 – the lowest number of instances since March 2005. One of Navarro’s prime tools are his detailed files on area tagging crews. Each folder contains a list of crew members and their photos, along with photographs of their tags and booking photos of individuals who have been arrested. His ability to testify in court as an expert in graffiti and tagging also helps bring convictions for taggers, Navarro said. He can explain to a jury how he is able to recognize the handwriting of individual taggers, which enables him to link them to specific instances of vandalism. “He is taking photos. He’s got something to show jurors and suspects as he’s interviewing them,” said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maral Injejikian, who hears felony graffiti vandalism cases at East Los Angeles Court. “Hypothetically, it’s easier to get convictions if you can show a jury what it looked like,” she added. Navarro also researches how much damage was caused in a particular graffiti case and is able to testify to that in court. If the damage amounts to less than $400, the case is filed as a misdemeanor; anything over $400 can warrant a felony charge. If a tagging defendant is convicted, the court can order him to pay restitution. A felony conviction for graffiti vandalism can net the tagger up to five years in prison. “For taggers, graffiti is fun – until you start getting $4,000 bills in the mail. Their parents go nuts,” said Navarro. “With collaboration between the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the courts and officers, we’re going to get you sooner or later.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Moses Dominguez is in jail facing a felony charge that could put him in prison for two to five years. His alleged crime? Carrying a marker pen and defacing property. After Montebello police arrested the 27-year-old local resident last month for carrying a marker and interviewed him, Dominguez admitted to being the author of a certain graffiti moniker, officials said. Armed with that piece of information, Detective Ismael Navarro, assigned in March to head up the city’s anti-graffiti task force, pored through dozens of photographs officials have taken of graffiti throughout the city. last_img

Pepper-spray user accused of assault

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A 13-year-old boy was arrested by Santa Clarita sheriff’s deputies Monday night on suspicion of assaulting another boy with pepper spray earlier in the day. The teenage attacker, who ran after spraying another youth, was released to his parents. The case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office branch in Sylmar, said Detective Dan Finn of the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station. “We don’t get very many pepper-spray incidents,” Finn said. He works in the Cobra Unit that deals with gang-related incidents and cases involving minors. He said this incident was not gang-related. About 3:25 p.m. Monday, the attacker made some comments to the 13-year-old victim, then sprayed him. Some of the spray also hit a 12-year-old girl who was with the victim, but Finn said he believes she was not an intentional target. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The girl and the 13-year-old victim were treated at the scene and released. The incident occurred in front of Newhall Elementary School. last_img read more