Posts Tagged ‘cream’
Ryohei Yamanaka, a fly-half for the national team, is awaiting the result of a second test to confirm that the hair growth cream he rubbed on his top lip did contain a banned steroid.
If that result is also positive, which appears likely, the 22-year-old player is likely to face a ban of a minimum of six months – ruling him out of Brave Blossoms’ squad for the World Cup that kicks off in New Zealand on September 9.
In a worst-case scenario, Yamanaka could be banned for as much as two years as the Japan Rugby Football Union takes a notoriously dim view of drugs in the sport.
Christian Loamanu, a Tongan who represented Japan in the 2007 World Cup, was banned from playing rugby in Japan for life by the national board after two tests in 2009 came back positive for marijuana.
The International Rugby Board had only recommended a suspension of between three and six months for the player, but the final say rested with the national authorities…
John Kirwan, the New Zealand-born coach of the Japan national team, said it took the team 24 hours to figure out exactly what he had taken that had triggered the positive result.
Rugby players in Japan tend to affect a little bit of facial hair, he said, and the fresh-faced Yamanaka was almost certainly merely trying to hurry the process along by buying an over-the-counter ointment and failing to read the label…
Yamanaka apologise to Japanese rugby fans through his Twitter site after being sent home, saying, “I am deeply sorry for causing such problems.”
He didn’t cause the problem. The waffle-brains running his sport are the problem. Throw in the blivets who sanction athletes using “performance-enhancing” drugs like marijuana and you have the trifecta of dumb.
You thought I was joking about the snake oil?
The company that produces Boob Job cream has been accused of being a “charlatan and a bully” for using libel laws to silence a plastic surgeon who criticised its product.
Rodial, which claims its cosmetic cream can increase a woman’s breast size by up to 8%, threatened to sue Dalia Nield after she said the product’s claim was “highly unlikely”.
Nield is being represented by Robert Dougans, the lawyer who also acted for science writer Simon Singh after he faced a similar libel for comments he wrote about the British Chiropractic Association.
But speaking in the house of commons yesterday, Conservative MP David Davis said that the ability of companies such as Rodial to use libel law against critics was a violation of ancient principles of English law.
“[Rodial's threat] would be ludicrous, bordering on the farcical, were it not so serious in its wider implications,” said Davis.
“It is a disgraceful tactic, and it should not be possible under a decently balanced judicial system…”
Yesterday, the supreme court made significant changes to the defence of “fair comment”, invoked by defendants in libel cases to show their criticisms are honestly-held views based on fact.
There is a slim chance that before this century is out British common law will have entered the last half of the previous century.
When the 2010 Toyota Prius officially launches this spring, it will now officially receive a combined EPA estimated fuel efficiency rating of 50 MPG — that’s an estimated city/highway mpg rating of 50 in the city, 49 on the highway.
This blows away the first-generation Prius, which was rated at an EPA combined 41 MPG. It even blows away the current-generation Prius with its EPA combined 46 MPG combined city/highway. All this despite being bigger, longer and more…horsepower-y.
We’ll have our drive impression sometime later this month, so you’ll have to wait to find out if Toyota’s taken this more-efficient Prius from bland to, you know, another, stronger shade of vanilla. Heck, maybe it’s even moved up to “cream.” You’ll have to wait to find out.
Pretty snazzy! Full press release from Toyota at the Jalopnik website.