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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 26, 2011
Domestic Cleaners Wanted
($15-17 hourly rate) 20 hours per
week (hours of work may vary from
week to week)
Moana Pacific Fisheries is a retail/
wholesale supplier of quality PREMIUM
fresh/frozen seafood product.
The person will need to be able to work
Monday-Friday and weekend work as
well, hours of work will vary from week
to week as this is dependent on Local
This person will carry out the following
• Driving duties
• Loading of sh
• Recording of product loaded
• Unloading of sh
• Working in the yard
If you have the following attributes we
want to hear from you;
• Full Driver's Licence (A Must)
• Class 2 Driver's Licence (Preferable)
• Physically t and healthy
• An ability to work under pressure
• Honest and reliable
• Team player
• Good communicator/listener
• Licence Fish Receiver Certi cate
• Clear, legible handwriting
• Numeracy and literacy a must
We can offer you;
• Training for the role
• Staff Sales
If you are interested
please send your C.V. to
Or phone Louise on 04 8010544
Please note pre-employment drug
and medical testing is carried out.
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Questions over drug use
The Lance Armstrong case, one of the
longest running brouhahas in inter-
national sport, continues to intrigue.
Two more of Armstrong s former team-
mates, George Hincapie and Tyler Hamil-
ton, have apparently asserted that the
seven-time Tour de France winner used
banned drugs to assist his performances. A
third cyclist, Frankie Andreu, has also cast
doubts about whether Armstrong was a
Hincapie, who Armstrong once said was
like a brother to him, has testified to a fede-
ral grand jury in Los Angeles during an
investigation into doping in cycling.
Hamilton s comments came during an
interview with American broadcaster CBS.
Andreu, a long-time US Postal team-mate
of Armstrong, told CBS that he too cheated,
basically because everyone else was.
Armstrong, as ever, has denied all
charges and spoken of disgraceful
He points out that during his long career
he never failed a drugs test.
There s no doubt, though, that the latest
allegations don t help his case.
Previously, former team-mates such as
New Zealander Stephen Swart and Amer-
ican Floyd Landis have named Armstrong
as a drugs cheat.
Watching from the sidelines it s hard to
know what to think. Influential and credible
publications such as The Times of London,
Le Monde and Sports Illustrated
have been brutal in accusing Arm-
strong of drugs infractions.
But then there are Armstrong s
vehement denials. Is this a case of
no smoke without fire or innocent
until proven guilty ?
These sorts of international
conundrums arise every so often.
Is Australian Schapelle Corby a
drug smuggler or a victim? Is former
International Monetary Fund boss
Dominique Strauss-Khan a sexual
predator or the target of a plot?
I disregard Armstrong s clean
drugs test record.
Florence Griffith-Joyner never
failed one either, but few athletics
followers believe she was a clean
She was a reasonable inter-
national sprinter who, in the space of
one year, improved so much she
recorded times that may never be
beaten, then abruptly retired.
A few years later, she was dead.
Until the 1988 Seoul Olympics,
Ben Johnson had never failed a
drugs test, but as he later admitted
during the Dubin Inquiry, he had
been taking banned drugs for years.
By 1988 he had a body that
rivalled Arnold Schwarzenegger s,
but was still claiming he was setting world
records purely because of natural ability
and hard work. Only during the Seoul
Olympics did the athletics world realise Big
Ben s juices were 50 per cent steroids, 50
per cent blood! Armstrong s accusers say he
took EPO, an endurance-boosting sub-
stance, and testosterone. In the 1990s there
were no reliable tests for these banned
drugs, so Armstrong s protestations of never
having failed a test are rather meaningless.
It is the nature of these things that the
truth generally emerges in the end.
During the Dubin Inquiry, one of John-
son s stablemates, Angella Issajenko, said
athletes were told to Deny, deny, deny ,
and that s what they almost always do.
Johnson protested his innocence for
months. So did Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamil-
ton, Marion Jones, Barry Bonds and other
notables who have all since admitted they
It would be no surprise if, down the track,
Armstrong indulged in some sort of mea
culpa and outlined a long history of involve-
ment with drugs. He would perhaps justify
himself by saying he was merely levelling
the playing field in a sport where top
In the meantime, though, what should we
sports followers believe?
It depends how cynical -- or naive -- you
want to be.
Me? I place a very big asterisk beside
Armstrong s name.
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